This 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 October 7 posting of the IWSG will be TB Markinson, Tamara Narayan, Shannon Lawrence, Stephanie Faris, and Eva E. Solar!
I’m not going to lie to you, I’m broke as hell.
Most of my life is spent living hand-to-mouth. Paying my bills each month is a ‘will she or won’t she?’ sort of adventure. My cupboard is full of Ramen noodles. I don’t own a car, because cars are too expensive (but luckily I live in a big city with extensive public transportation). The fact I have internet and a laptop shows you my priorities–though I constantly have nightmares about my laptop dying and not being able to replace it. The words ‘expendable income’ sound like a punch line to me.
But I’m an author, and I need to self-promote. Uh oh.
Blog tours are expensive!
Ads are expensive!
Swag is expensive!
Do you think your publisher just ~gives~ you a whole bunch of your books to schlep around to appearances and sell to people? HA! (Unless you’re a huge name and they’re already making money hand over fist on you.)
A convention? In another city? Where I have to stay at a hotel? Buy swag/books for? And the entry fee is hundreds of dollars? DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH RAMEN THAT IS?
The truth is promoting yourself when you don’t already have a comfortable income isn’t easy. I’ve gotten a few (meager) royalty checks and mostly just turned them right back around into advertising/promotion. The theory is that someday your royalty checks will be big enough you can do that AND have money for bills and Ramen and maybe replace your laptop if it breaks down. To get bigger you gotta spend money, so you can make more money to get bigger. Until then…well, I’m really good at being poor.
‘Starving artist’ isn’t just a clever turn of phrase.
By the way, my novel The Wicked City is up for best urban fantasy at The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards. Being nominated was free for me, and it’s free for you to vote! I’d bribe you with cash, but well…want a pack of noodles instead?