One trope I’ve seen in the endless parade of repetitive “original” comments about coverage of my books is the idea that somehow someone else’s perceived failure or success is something people should or should not “worry about.”

As Futurism’s subtitle teased:

Human writers probably shouldn’t be too concerned… yet.

And as someone equally clever on Reddit said:

I don’t think any real writers have anything to worry about, besides being buried under all the shit.

Given that I am not prone to being someone who is overly stressed about what random people are doing or not doing on the internet, this sentiment is hard for me to fathom. If anything, I suffer from an excess of intrinsic motivation, which apparently is what it takes to break through the wall of monotony that is public opinion to do something new and different.