Sunday, November 10, 2013

Are Royalties the Only Reward to be Found in Writing?

I have been reading in author groups and on Facebook in general about the lack of/or plummet in royalties for a lot of authors.

First off, I could not imagine trying to live on my royalties. I suppose if I upped my output I might make a go, who knows? To those of you who are making a comfortable living (or a waayyy comfortable living) Kudos to you and congrats! But these authors are definitely in the minority.

Most of us struggle along, following different paths, writing away and for what? One person said they cannot put in the kind of time writing takes with so little reward. Depends what you want as a reward. If it is money, then yes, maybe you need to reevaluate. Take a side job in the publishing field such as an editor or other position like copy editor, promo coordinator or whatever title a publisher dreams up. Go into business for yourself as others have as a blog tour company or cover artist. Because the truth is, most of us have to supplement our writing income. I have spoken to print authors who had to keep their day job, its  not just those who write ebooks. Writing is not a get rich quick scheme. (Okay, maybe it was for EL 50 Shades James, but that is ONE person out of tens or hundreds of thousands.)

The big factor here is the market is drowning. There are too many choices, too many minnows in the pond fighting for less and less space in the water. In this digital age, anyone can slap up a story and call themselves a writer. And millions have. That number will only increase as time goes on. More and more writers are turning away from publishing and e-publishing and going solo. If I wasn't so lazy, I'd try it. Writers are already doing the promo, might as well get a bigger slice of the pie, right? As more and more do this, the market will become even more saturated with only so many royalty dollars to go around. We are seeing it already. Kind of dismal, really.

If this all sounds depressing, it doesn't have to be. Why do you write? If the number one reason is money, then prepared to be disappointed a lot of the time. If it gives you pleasure and you enjoy sharing your stories with others, than go for it. Please yourself. And if you can make a little money on the side, its a bonus. Big money and bestseller lists are not the only gauges for success or a reward. If you feel good about your product and had fun writing it, than you ARE a success, it's reward enough. Or so I tell myself. ;)

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