For every JK Rowling, John Locke or Michael Connelly there are thousands of writers, like myself, writing books, enjoying writing books, and not making enough money to pay the bills. It’s not because the books aren’t good. Not speaking for myself (because self-aggrandizing ain’t my thing), but there are excellent writers out there, both traditionally and self-published, who need to teach, or freelance write, or do something else, in addition to the writing they (we) love to do to keep food on the table and a roof over their (our) heads.
And that’s fine. It’s a reality that we need to live with. But it’s not a reality we have to like, and – if I’m honest – it’s not a reality I choose to accept as being permanent.
I’m back in the job market (and have some interesting interviews coming up in the next couple of weeks), but I’ll continue to write. (Screenplays are turning out to be a lot more fun than I thought they were.) I’ll be going back to the 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. writing window, at least for the first drafts, but I think I’m more productive then, anyway.
If you are an avid reader I strongly suggest you look at and support authors you haven’t read before. Rowling doesn’t need more money. Use sites like Awesome Indies or Kindle Book Review to pick something in your favourite genre and support a writer who is doing what they love, for pennies a day. (Full disclosure: I do the occasional review on AI).
In the meantime, I need to buy a suit.