Well, there's famous and there's infamous. It's not a given that what a writer puts out there for the world
to see, will result in appreciation. That's the dream. In reality, it's not enough for a book to simply be good as opposed to bad. It has to be a monumental masterpiece that makes an impact on the world because it is a classic representation of its genre.
Of course, being appreciated by your family and immediate circle can also be gratifying, even it's only because they are related to you or consider you a good friend. Or, in other words, they are patronizing.
I'll take any kudos I inspire after death, because I don't need to be validated by others while I'm alive.
I'm my own biggest fan.
OK, Troy, new writers being groomed by publishers is the best case scenario. But, personally, I wouldn't a buy a book just because the author was poised and pleasant. The proof is in the pudding. In fact I'd be more curious about an edgy, compelling artist rather than a bland suck-up.