Now I know this may come off as a bit foolhearty however thing about this for a minute. When I first set out to write a book it was abut having an actual book that I could call my own, if others read it great, if not, oh well.
So many authors today are not only giving their books away for free but spending countless hours, money, and a huge amount of stress just to put their book into the hands of only a very few people.
Don't get me wrong if that's your thing, then by all means pour it on it, but for me I'll still have my day job and sanity.
After all aren't writers artists? If so, we should always write for our enjoyment.
In some respects, I agree with you. I am utterly delighted to have completed a book that I can feel proud of. However....let's be honest....everyone of us has an ego and we want others to read our book and to like it. Deep down inside, that is the bottom line. I think deep down inside, all writers, singers, dancers etc want that positive feedback.
Yes, writers are artists and true artists have an innate desire to share their work with the world. This is especially true if you know your work will bring joy, fulfillment, or something significant to the person that obtains access to your work. So why shouldn't writers do whatever we have to to share our "art" with those who might receive something valuable from it? I think it would be rather selfish not to. For me it's not really about obtaining money. I have an important message to share that I'm sure will impact others in a positive way, so if I have to give away a few hundred free copies in order for the message to spread, then that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.
I write because I love it! I also have a blog that I have stories on. I suffer from depression, so writing is almost like therapy to me. It gives me a safe spot to run to. I think we all want to share our work with others. I know I have a lot of stories that I wrote because of insane insomnia, and I log them on my blog. In a way my blog is almost like a writing journal.
My husband told me to write because I love it, not because I thought I needed to. At first when I first started writing I was soooo stressed. Later I learned to enjoy it without adding the stress. I think it opened the door to more creativity. You can check my blog out and see those stories at the bottom of the page. http://sb-newauthors.blogspot.com/