Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer. ~ Ray Bradbury
When is it time to give up… or move on? How long does an aspiring author aspire for? How long does an unpublished author persist with that manuscript that maybe beyond redemption?
When should a writer quit the dream &
get a real job?
We’ve read quote after quote about the results of persistence and determination when writing. After writing full-time for the past seven years, I’ve reached a pivotal point in my writing career… now, I’m ready to move on.
I have self-published three books and my two latest books are currently being considered by two Australian Literary agents. But, this year the shine of being an author started to fade. I’m no longer enjoying the independent author treadmill. The creation of characters, stories and books, the publishing, designing covers and media exposure from my press release was fun, but there comes a time where an independent author needs to get paid.
From the last two years of intense writing, editing, marketing & social media promotion, I have invested about one thousand dollars (and I did everything on the cheap) and I have my first and only royalty cheque of $18.00.
The fact is, most independent authors don’t get paid well.
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators. ~ William Saroyan
I would like to get paid, each week: so I’m seeking full-time employment. Will I write at night? Will I continue to set goals for my author job?… realistically, probably not – instead, I may immerse myself in the moment – enjoy life, catch a few movies and hang out with friends. I still enjoy writing, but it’s time to get paid and move on in life.
Writing has been an adventure, a wonderful learning curve and with three self-published books and two books under agent consideration, at least that looks good on my résumé.
As for me, this is my story: I worked and was tortured. You know what it means to compose? No, thank God, you do not! I believe you have never written to order, by the yard, and have never experienced that hellish torture. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Strangely, I don’t feel like a failure. I have created and produced five books and I’m 2/3 rds of the way through my sixth novel. I’m not giving up, I’m moving on. I’ll keep my blog alive and write about post authorial life.
There ain’t nothing more to write about and I’m rotten glad of it, because if I’d know’d what trouble it was to make a book, I wouldn’t a tackled it. ~Mark Twain