What Does It Cost to Make a Living as a Writer?

picture http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1220297 by Guillaume Riesen http://www.sxc.hu/profile/thegnome54Some authors hope their first book will make enough money to encourage them in their writing dreams.

Not likely.

More likely, you’ll spend a lot of time, money, effort to get it finished, and see very few sales.

If you’re writing to make money, go ahead and give up now, before you waste all that time, money, effort.


If you’re writing because you’re a writer, you have to share your art, you have something to say and you’re gonna say it, keep writing. As soon as you finish the first book, get busy on the second.

Spend the time, money, effort to get that one done, too. It’ll probably be a bit less of each, so, h’ray.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Somewhere around your 4th or 5th book, in about 2018, you’ll be making some sales. If you’ve stuck with it that long, if you’ve written something worth reading, if you’ve generously connected with others and shared what you know, making friends and fans instead of just sales, you’ll have what traditional publishing calls a platform: a tribe of fans and a way to engage with them.

Do it right, do it generously and patiently and without thought of the money and you just might be one of the few who hang on long enough to become a full-time writer, making something like a living out of it.

That’s the price: willing patience and non-monetary goals.

I’m not there with my books yet, but we’ve built 3 business this way, and we sleep indoors and eat regularly. It’s the method that works, and we’re gonna keep using it.

I’m glad to teach you how.

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