Just some notes to some of the comments:
I want to be careful not to call anybody arrogant. I think what happens is there’s a lot of understandable frustration and hurt that goes with pouring all your time and energy into something you love only to see your story ignored, and sometimes that energy gets directed towards the wrong people and turns into resentment and maybe a little bit of entitlement. And many unknown and smaller authors are quite talented and work hard, so I also want to be careful not to imply that they don’t work hard or don’t deserve to be noticed.
I want to be careful not to make anybody feel that their frustration and hurt is invalid. It’s very valid. I understand. I just wanted to take some time to have people pause and think about some of the pressure and expectations that’s been placed on others unfairly. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and think.
The reality is that this is an oversaturated platform and great stories are going to fall through the cracks. I’m an avid believer that as fellow writers, we should want to help uplift and encourage these authors when we can. However, it’s important to remember that this shouldn’t be expected or demanded automatically from the authors you admire or authors who appear to be doing better than you. There are so many reasons why somebody may not be doing so: limited time, burnout, they are already doing it and it’s never enough, etc. We just don’t know and it’s better not to make assumptions unless it’s been made clear.
I don’t want any smaller authors seeing this thread and feeling discouraged. I’m just asking people to redirect some of that negative energy into something constructive and positive. Instead of placing the burden and responsibility on others, create pages to boost small stories. Create networks to uplift one another. And don’t give up. There are many authors who started out small and stayed small for a long time, but they slowly were noticed as they updated and networked with other people. Some have taken years to get where they are, but they’re where they are now because they persisted in publishing, made connections, and uplifted one another. And ironically, some of these formerly small authors are the very ones that many people are pulling on and trying to climb over and calling selfish.