Today’s writing quote: “Write out of love, write out of instinct, write out of reason. But always for money.” – Louis Untermeyer
I’m not sure how I feel about this quote. I mean, yes, we writers want to make money with our writing, but there are very few authors who actually do. For every Stephen King/J.K. Rowling/Nora Roberts out there, there are thousands of smaller authors who don’t make enough to buy a cup of coffee. When others say “Don’t quit your day job”, it’s a truth. We have to supplement our writing with other jobs. And yet, we keep trying, but the odds are stacked against us.
In addition to writing the book, we have to promote our work by being active on all sorts of social media sites, doing blog tours, going to book signings (where many of us sell our own books that we had to buy ourselves–the publishers don’t give them to us for free), going to conferences, and more. We beg for reviews (reviews=numbers=algorithm uptakes and better postings). Like most artists, this is a job you do for the love of the art, not because you’re ever going to make any money at it.
Do an author a favor–check out their website, FB page, etc. and “like” or “follow” them. Or better yet, buy their book and leave a short review for them (hopefully a good one!).