The Challenges of Making Money as an Author

Exactly what I needed to read at exactly the moment I needed to read it. Serendipitous thanks Andrew.

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Bookstore Shelves

When I signed my first book contract, I figured things would play out like this:

  • Book released – tours, interviews talks
  • Writing opportunities come my way, doors open
  • Sign next book contract, quit job to write
  • Be full time author

Because that’s what authors do, right? That’s what all those other authors with books in stores are doing – they’re writing, that’s their job. Right?

Unfortunately, the reality of being a writer is somewhat different. The book was released and I did a few appearances and talks and interviews, which was all great, but it wasn’t an all-encompassing job that took up every moment of my life. I remember I bought a new diary to book in all my upcoming interviews and such, and in the first week there were a few entries. Then there weren’t many the next week, none the next month. Basically, there’s about a six week…

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5 thoughts on “The Challenges of Making Money as an Author

  1. “Don’t write expecting to be paid. Don’t create expecting to be praised. Do things because they excite you, because you just have to do it. Get lost in your own world and see what you find every now and then. Allow yourself to be in your stories and creations. Because that will make you happy, which, by extension, will make the people around you, the people who care about you, happy too. Imagine what could be if we could replicate that kind of ripple effect across every person in the world. ”

    I *LoVe* this . . Might write it out neatly in my diary!! . . ☺

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