The writing community continues to grow. There’s hundreds, possibly thousands of people who are taking the plunge and trying their hand at becoming a published author.
There are different reasons why people choose to write, but the main reasons are for money and creative fulfillment.
All stories start with an idea and as writers we decide to pursue the idea to see where it goes. After countless hours of writing, editing, and formatting; we finally have polished story in our hands. We’re proud of our book and decide to share with the public, hoping to become famous and make millions of dollars.
That last part is far-fetched.
I was naïve enough to believe that would actually happen when I started my writing journey. Hollywood makes it seem so easy, when in reality it isn’t.
There’s a lot of work that goes into being an author, not matter how you publish your book. With the writing, editing, cover designing, and promoting; an author’s work is never done.
As authors we do a lot to see our stories come to fruition, and often we’re rewarded with very little.
There are a few cases where an author like E.L. James will get lucky with a bestselling book, earn millions of dollars, and get a Hollywood movie deal. But for others it’s a struggle selling even one book.
Authors earn royalties from book sales, and as a majority of them will attest its difficult making money from writing. Some writers are lucky to get a few sales here and there, while some struggle to sell one copy.
As you’re reading this, you’re wondering “why do you write if you’re not making any money?”
Well, it’s simple.
It’s not always about the money.
Many authors write because it’s what they love to do. They’ve got a story they want to tell and they put their ideas on paper.
Yes, it’s nice to earn a little extra money now and then. But the real satisfaction is creating the story. Watching as the characters and the plot you thought up in your head, unfold as you write is an incredible feeling. You become overwhelmed seeing a story brought to life and knowing that this is a big step in pursuing your writing dreams.
We may never make millions from our books (although it nice to dream about it). Yet, we continue on with our writing journey because it’s our passion. As long as we have stories to tell, we’re going to continue sharing them with the world.