@travelercomic Ah thank you.
Yes, Luck is unreliable at the best of times and useless at the worst of times. But usually (taking from Neil Gaiman's commencement address), the harder you work and the smarter you work, the luckier you get.
It's a matter of perspective I think. I personally do not believe in coincidences. Things happen for a reason, even if you don't know what the reason is. All you can do is be prepared.
I'm glad to hear you got onto a staff pick, it's a big help. And I wish you all the best. A steady schedule is vital to establish reader expectations and you've already seen that addressing the story's mistakes is what aids reader retention.
Also reading through the first handful of eps on your comic, color me intrigued. I've subscribed ^^
I hesitate to say anyone is actively pushed into obscurity. And I know how BT developed on Tapas doesn't support any case I'd make cause it's on the other side of the fence, but on WT I started from nothing but the comic itself, and people have managed to find it among the piles and piles of comics there. But I will put this to the side for now because I do not have any argument or proof to say that this is or isn't happening.
I do not assume people aren't successful because they aren't putting in the work. Everyone who consistently uploads their novel or comic is clearly putting in the work. I would never want to deny them that. And I am truly sorry that your work has induced a heart problem.
Hard work alone is not the key and I apologize if I came off that way. Hard work is a major ingredient, yes, but it's working hard in a range of areas and deliberately practicing at each to different degrees that produce lasting success.
I believe I listed a range of subjects I studied in that may not directly apply to comics specifically, but it's taking bits of all those things that have allowed me to draw on many different areas to improve my work.
In fact, I am not the best person to describe all that goes into becoming successful because I'm still in the middle of figuring it out. I can only describe what I've done and the results I've gotten. It's not an absolute formula.
But I do want to make it clear that it is not hard work alone. If you work harder at something that isn't producing the results you want but continue to do the same thing, that will not bring about a different result; instead, it'll bring disappointment, burnout, and a plethora of negative effects. Forgive me if this is an incorrect characterization.
The main reason I disregard visibility issues is simply that it's out of my hands, and therefore not something I can actively work at when my efforts would be better served by creating something that will retain readers that do manage to find my comic.