I’m doing a research paper on self-publishing, and I realized something.
I’m not doing nearly enough.
That is what is going to keep 90% of people who want to write a book at bay. The fact that not only do you have to do the hard work of writing a book, but you also have to do the hard work of marketing a book, making it stand out in the crowd amid the traditionally published and the slew of authors making themselves known in the independent markets. The competition is so heavy; it’s definitely cause to wonder why even try.
Seeing that I wasn’t doing enough made me want to do more. It makes me want to take marketing classes and learn ‘the game’ so that I can catch more attention. Not for the money, so much, as for the attention. I want people to read my books. I want to make a living off of my books, don’t get me wrong, but this is so I can spend more time writing.
It’s all about the time spent writing, here, and the ability to spend more time at it equals the higher quality writing that gets produced.
Not everyone is meant for this mindset. There are lots of people who think they have a great idea for a book, but can’t be bothered to write it. And you know what? You do! After multiple conversations with a lot of non-writers, you guys have great ideas! Chances are, however, that is where you want to leave it. You have one idea, or a couple of very different ideas that are both great but have nothing to do with one another. You have things to say about your favorite TV shows, plot holes to discuss from your favorite movies, and characters from books that you’d love to see tweaked in just such a way. Or, it could be a dream, or a stray thought in passing while you were in science class.
That’s what writers do.
Most of us know how to drive. Yet, only a select few end up driving race cars for the Indy 500. A lot of us know how to cook, but we’re not on the Food Network. Everyone has dreams, passions, things they want in life. The difference is that most people are more interested in taking an easy route. They take the job that’s offered to them because it’s practical, they balk from the long hours demanded, and they settle for something that isn’t so hard.
There is nothing wrong with that, but letting competition be the reason for not speaking up and following your dream robs you of your you. Things may seem to be hard work, but your options are to have something to work towards, or do unfulfilling work for other people who don’t care about you.
It’s possible that there are other ways this story unfolds, but at this point I haven’t see any instances to speak of.
Having gone far enough down the path with nothing to show for it, I’m giving hard work a try, and I recommend it to anyone.