Aspiring Writers: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

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WriteThere are many aspiring authors in the world. When they look at the most successful authors of today, they may wonder how they achieved success. Some may believe that the authors are able to support themselves solely on their accumulative royalties. Because of this many new writers hold on to the belief that they don’t need another career to provide a steady income. But this is not always the case. Here are the things aspiring authors should remember while they try getting their books published.

You need a steady income

You’ll still have to meet your daily expenses while you’re writing a book. Even Stephen King didn’t have success as writer right from the start. He could not afford to focus solely on his writing early in his writing career and he had to work low income jobs to support himself and his family, including a job at a filling station pumping gas.

The reason you need a steady income is because royalty cheques aren’t always consistent. You also can’t depend solely on the hope that your book will sell many copies. John Grisham has said that writers need something to fall back on and that they can only think about becoming a serious writer when they’ve reached a certain level of security.

Your book needs to be promoted

Marketing is often the factor that makes or breaks your book’s success. Author Seth Godin says that writers need to start promoting their books up to three years before it is finally published. One of the simplest things to do is tell your friends and family about the book you’re writing. Get them to promote your book for free.

You need to put yourself out there for the world to see

Before taking the plunge to get your book published, one of the things you need to do is establish yourself. You need to get some other work published, such as articles. You should also take any small writing jobs you can find. You need to have some credentials before you submit a manuscript to a publisher. Get a subscription to a couple of magazines for writers, and consider a little freelancing; anything to show publishers that you’ve got what it takes.

Nothing in life comes easily, especially not in the competitive world of publishing. Bear this in mind and keep slogging away and you’ll improve your chances of success.


Written by David Hendricks

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