I had a couple of questions this week from Challenge members who are getting cold feet; they’re wondering if you really can make money writing books.
When I told my Dad at age eight that I was going to be a writer and write BOOKS, he laughed. Writers, he told me, starved, usually in garrets. Writing wasn’t a JOB. At eight, starving sounded romantic, and once I looked up “garret” I thought living in a garret sounded romantic too.
Bless his heart, he’s been gone for 24 years, but I did manage to get books published before he died. I wish he’d lived to see the Kindle era.
Bob Mayer’s done very well; he’s made over a million dollars in 18 months, How To Make Over A Million Dollars in 18 Months with eBooks:
“There are so many self-published books being thrown up on Kindle and PubIt and Kobo and the Berlin Wall, itâ€™s numbing.Â I was just watching some lawn guys in the convenience store buying lottery tickets and realized they had a better chance of earning a million dollars than most of the self-publishing authors.
But you can do it.Â But itâ€™s not a lottery.Â Itâ€™s called work.
I have had a HUGE advantage in this game.Â Itâ€™s called backlist.”
You can do it. I got publishing contracts in the days when starving in a garret was more likely than not. These days, you can make money, but you have to:
* Learn your craft
* Write, write, write, and write some moreâ€¦ Then…
Garrets are optional. 🙂