When do I get rich?

IWSG badgeThis post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the the July 1 posting of the IWSG will be S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!

My biggest, loftiest goal in life is to be a career writer.

By ‘career writer’ I mean making enough money from writing to pay my bills and also eat, feed my cat, and maybe get a new pair of shoes now and then–while NOT also having a day job. In other words, I want to sit at home and write and get paid enough for it that I don’t have to do anything but that. That’s tier one of the goal, anyway. Tier two would be all those things plus also having enough money left over for a little fun and travel. I guess tier three would be a golden Porsche.

Not really, I can’t even drive a manual transmission.

Am I anywhere near this goal yet? Let’s just say, I’m not writing a resignation letter to my boss anytime soon.

I’ve studied the business of writing, I know what it takes to make a career out of writing. I have to write lots and lots of stuff, get it published, promote the hell out of it, and then, someday down the road, MAYBE I’ll get noticed enough to pull in a decent wage from my sales. Maybe. A lot of writers who are big and successful today will tell you it wasn’t their first book that got even a portion of the reading public to notice them, but the fifth, tenth, sixteenth…

But what if it never happens? What if I can never comfortably pay my bills with writing? What if I’m doomed to a life of toiling away at a ‘real’ job and working my writing in around it, like I’ve done for years and years and years…can I spend my life that way? Can I be happy with that?

I can, I hope. I love writing and I’d still do it even if I never got another dime for it. I just like to hope that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, even if the tunnel is beneath the English Channel and I’m still on the steps in Kent trying to get to France. Just knowing that France is over there gives me hope.

What about you? Do you make your living, or even part of it, from writing? Do you want to?

In that same vein, right now my novel The Wicked City has been marked down to 99 cents by my publisher to give it a sales boost. If you like urban fantasy, suspense, and paranormal political intrigue, you can get it cheap (scroll down to the bottom of the linked page, it’s 99 cents at all those retailers). For every copy sold, 49 cents goes to me…that will get me on my way to wealth, right?

27 comments

  1. I kinda wrote about the same thing for my IWSG post this month. ^_^ It’s a tough struggle, isn’t it? I also hope to someday make a decent living from my writing, but I’m not holding my breath just yet. The sales for my book, Nowhere to Hide, have proven to me what I already knew: it is HARD to get noticed. I’m still, several months later, screaming at my family members who have read the book to review it on Amazon already, and if I can’t even get my own family to move, how can I get strangers to?

    But we press on, because we must. ^_^

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    1. Absolutely, I feel your pain! Getting noticed is super difficult, and even for writers who are well-known now, it took them a while too. I guess all you can do is hold on and hope–and keep writing!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I don’t know what to tell you. I quit my job in March and am making very little money. Maybe find a ‘sponsor’? (aka sugar-daddy or -mommy?) That seems to be a popular option. might even get you that porsche! 😉

    Happy IWSG Day!
    AJ Lauer
    an IWSG co-host

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  3. For now it’s a dream I”m walking towards to. But I don’t want to be stinking rich. It’ll be heaven if I can just write and live comfortably (in a house with an island in the kitchen & double built in/wall ovens). And not have to deal with a 9-5.

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  4. I currently have a “real” job, but I only work part time. My hope is that my writing will soon start to replace the income that I lost by giving up my full time job. Eventually, as my writing income grows, I hope to drop more of my regular work hours until none are left, at which point I can finally call myself a full time writer.

    I’m not trying to get rich. So long as I can make a living, I’ll be happy. And I’m slowly making progress toward that goal (although I won’t lie, it is taking a bit longer than I expected).

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    1. It’s taking a lot longer than I expected, too. I work part time also, so I can put more time into my writing–and I’ve taught myself to live with less and be happy being frugal. It’s not easy, but reaching your goals seldom is.

      Good luck with your dream! May we one day be career writers, even if we aren’t rich!

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  5. I’ve made my living from writing for years, but a lot of what pays the bills is non-fiction. I’d love to make all my money from fiction, but I have to get better at submitting my work.

    One of my great frustrations is that so many think we shouldn’t expect to get paid for writing. We’re supposed to do it for love only. I think that’s ridiculous. Even artistic work is still work. And what worker doesn’t want to get paid?

    Good luck! I’m always here to brainstorm and commiserate with.

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    1. That’s wonderful, congratulations! I wouldn’t even know how to get into the non-fiction market–or what I’d even write–but I’m very glad for you that you’re making a living off it.

      Writers should definitely get paid for their work! Bringing art and entertainment to people is definitely a job…and we put our hours in!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. The reality of making a living from writing books is not impossible, but is not quite the same as it used to be either. Making a long term plan, 5 to 10 years, and being willing to write commercially beyond pet projects is necessary. Some might disagree. There are a lot of indie authors making decent money, but each experience is SO different, and it depends what you write, when you hit the market, and a whole dose of other factors that are not controllable. Some of it is controllable. For now, I’m treating my writing like a career and not hobby in hopes to get to that level someday.

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    1. All very true and very good advice. I’m published traditionally but that by no means guarantees I’ll ever make a living off it–even in traditional publishing there’s a lot of uncontrollable factors, like trends, market saturation, and just getting your work in front of the right people who will boost your visibility and sales. But at the end of the day I write because I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else–the fact that I might actually make money off that one day is a huge bonus.

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  7. I had to laugh at the title of your post. Yeah, I want to know when, too. You know the saying “do what you love and the money will come”? It is for me slowly. Very slowly. I’m certainly not going to be rich, but I’m enjoying that little bit of income. Hang in there.

    Diane IWSG #99

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  8. I have some of those same goals. I just want to be able to support my kids and myself comfortably with my writing. The golden Porsche and a 7-room mansion (with a housekeeper to clean it for me) would be terrific perks, but I can live without those things. If I could just make enough to avoid eviction AND keep the electricity on, I’d be all set!

    Then again, I wonder if the pressure of having to squeeze writing time around a “real” job helps motivate one to write. If I could write all day, every day, with no other job responsibilities, I’m afraid I might kick back and relax a bit too much and never actually finish writing anything. So maybe having a job in addition to writing is actually a good thing?

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    1. I feel exactly the same way! I don’t need to be stinkin’ rich (although I certainly wouldn’t HATE it), I just want to be comfortable–and that doesn’t even mean rolling in money, just that the bills are paid and I can write all the time.

      You make a very good point–what if the desire to make the money so you can quit your job is the motivation that’s making you write? Hmmm. Good point!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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