Yesterday I introduced you to the idea that being an author - or freelance writer - or both means more than just writing nowadays (see my post 10 jobs of a modern day writer). And it sucks, let's be honest. When all you want to do is write and you can't, it's a frustrating and miserable time for all.
There's the dreaming. And then there's the reality. Unfortunately, as a writer you start by dreaming and quickly get doused in reality, whereas friends, family and colleagues expect you to be world famous - just like that. In fact, they expected instant success the minute you penned the last word, but let's be honest, didn't a tiny part of you expect the same thing too?
I know I did - and I was more prepared than most after being brought up to speed with the current state of the publishing industry at one particular conference. Problem is, I'll always dream!
Whether you're going after a traditional publisher, or you're attempting indie publishing, you need to be asking yourself some serious questions along the lines of:
1) Can I handle people criticising the story I've been working on for years?
2) Am I in this for the long (long) haul?
3) Do I have time to read and improve my craft?
4) Am I really and truly ready to be a published author?
5) Do I have time to build my author platform, manage my online presence, market my book AND continue writing?
6) Am I willing to support and promote other authors struggling to be heard just like me for our mutual benefit?
If you can't answer YES to every one of these, then it's time for a rethink...
Embrace or run away!
Like anything, it's a tough old business, yet I'm guessing you keep at it because one day, just one day you might come good.
To end this post on a positive - don't forget my definition of success and celebrating each and every little achievement.
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.