My life will never be a reality show. It would be cancelled immediately for low ratings. Who wants to watch me sit in front of a computer all day?
Even the lives of household-name authors would never be primetime viewing.
It seems people are under the impression that authors are either one of two things: People who write as a hobby or people who are millionaires. Neither is accurate.
Successful writing takes hard work, time and talent.
Freelance writers must spend eight hours a day or more doing the following tasks:
- Answering emails
- Answering and making phone calls
- Customer service
- Attracting new clients
- Querying magazines
- Quoting prices for jobs
- Miscellaneous administrative tasks
Authors also must research, write, edit, answer emails and phone calls, network and market.
In addition, they
- Query agents.
- Attend book signings.
- Speak to the media.
- Constantly come up with the next idea.
- Develop a thick skin to deal with rejection and negative reviews.
Only the lucky and persistent strike it rich.
When you hear the word “writer,” what adjectives come to your mind?
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