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Want To Be A Successful Author?

If you’re like me, you spend forty hours plus per week sitting (or standing) at some stressful nine to five gig, working your butt off for little pay and less appreciation, all the while dreaming about the day you can quit the rat race and spend all day every day doing nothing but that one thing you love most in this world – writing. For me, I envision my house in Outer Banks, North Carolina with a writing studio with a bay window that overlooks the beach, and I find myself daydreaming about the joyous day when I can go up to my corporate bosses and tell them I’ve had enough and they can jerk someone else around for the next twenty-plus years because it isn’t going to be me anymore. Anyone else have the same dream? I know I’m not alone in this fantasy.

But is it a realistic dream to have? Yes. Absolutely. You can become a full-time author, and so can I. It just takes the right amount of time, devotion, research, planning, and hard work. If you’re willing to invest in your future, you can take the leap into full-time writing. But I caution you to be patient and don’t make any rash decisions. If you need the income to pay your bills and support yourself and/or a family, you must be responsible for this decision. You have to wait until your royalties and fees from writing total what you need to pay the bills, replace your income from the nine to five gig AND cover your health insurance and savings needs. That’s literally the only reason I’m still working my day job. My business is taking off and doing very well, but I need to ensure there’s stability there first before I  take the leap. Just be responsible.

In the meantime, you can start getting in the right mind frame for success. 

On this week’s episode (2) of Write Your Best Book, I sat down with Derek Murphy, The Creative Indie, and we talked about just how you absolutely can make money as a writer. I learned a lot from my talk with Derek, and I hope you’ll all give it a listen when it goes live on January 10, 2020. One of my favorite points he made, and he made several good ones, was that, in order to be successful, sell a lot of books, and make enough money to survive, one must write for the market. My first reaction was, “Isn’t that selling out?” His reply was, “There’s nothing wrong with selling out.” I was taken back by his comment at first, but the more he talked and the more I listened, I realized he was right. We need to stop being so vain and snobby and stop worrying that we have to write “for the love of the craft.” That’s insane! While there’s nothing wrong with being artistic and writing mainly because you love it first and foremost, there’s ALSO nothing wrong with writing books people want to read and writing them the way they want to read them. Otherwise, why else are we writing, if not for more and more people to have the pleasure of reading our books?

Food for thought, right?

To hear my entire conversation with Derek Murphy of the Creative Indie and all the other wonderful tips and advice he imparted to help us all become successful authors, tune into Write Your Best Book, Episode 2 when it drops on Friday, January 10, 2020. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify, or by clicking on the podcast page under Author Resources here on my website. And be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you can be notified as soon as each new episode drops. I do hope you’ll stay tuned. And if you love what you hear, be a dear and rate the show and leave a comment. I’ll soon start reading reviews live on each episode, and yours just may be one I choose to read!