The rich have no interest in art anymore, Yogi, unless it’s expensive, and the value will continue to grow. Art isn’t beautiful, in other words, it’s a commodity. We’re a penny stock. Medium knows this and promotes writers like Margaret Atwood. Rising writers here do what they can to stand out. Often this means subject matter. You’ll hear people say, “It doesn’t matter how well you write, just say you were raped or something, or you escaped from slavery in some African backwater nation. Works like a charm.” My highest ranked stories were “The Rules of Foreplay,” and “People We Shouldn’t Eat.” That should tell you something. If you’re not being topical—or outright crude—you won’t get the interest. Simple as that. (Oh, people love anything that explains their phobias, tattoos, or why relationships suck). Combine all three and your readership will go up.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.