Hello my Freaky Darlings,
Another writer recently left a comment here, asking if it was really worth while getting into the shark tank that is the publishing industry. This got me thinking. A dangerous pass time, I know.
The fact is, if you’re getting into this business to make a buck, you’ll be very disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to make enough money from my writing to pay the rent, but that’s not why I do it. I also don’t use the amount of books I’ve sold to judge my success. Because if I did that, I’d probably never get out of bed. Getting a good review from someone I’ve never met, or having someone who picked up a copy of Shadows at a second-hand book store and then goes out of their way to let me know how much they loved it, those are the things that give me the warm and fuzzies. It’s also what gets me out of bed and makes it all worth it.
I also haven’t experienced this industry as a shark tank. My experience, if anything, has been the opposite. Yes, there are one hell of a lot of us authors out there peddling our wares to an ever shrinking market, but that seems to have created a bond between most of the authors that I’ve met. There’s an amazing sense of community amongst writers out there. We’re buying each others books, doing reviews and helping to promote each other. One hand washes the other sort of thing. It’s that community, the writers that I speak to regularly, and who keep writing no matter what, that make it all worth while.
If you’re a writer, what makes it all worth it to you?