Are Writers Whiners??

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Hi all,

Tonight, in light of all the bemoaning I’ve heard this week, I thought I would offer a few helpful tips to the new author, authors of small epubs, authors that haven’t made their first million yet, etc.

First, I understand your frustration. I spent about $300 on promotion last year. My first royalty check was $1.67. Am I miffed? Not really. The way I look at it, this was my first year of real publication. When Walter P. Chrysler began his automotive company, I am sure that he did not sell 2.4M (total Chrysler sales 2012) cars that first year. What do I think he did? He consistently put out a product that at times was better than his competitors and sometimes worse, but he didn’t give up. No one has time to feel sorry for themselves. You should consistently put out a quality product and eventually, people will buy that product.

Next, don’t put down the smaller ePub houses because they don’t have the money to hire a publicist for you. Amanda Hocking did what? She did it herself. That old saying, if you want something done right, do it yourself – it should be changed to if you want something done at all, do it yourself. Work hard at promoting. That’s not to say that the results will be immediate, but a trickle of water formed the Grand Canyon.

I really want to say this and I hope no one is offended. It is the truth as I know it. There are a million authors out there that aren’t published yet. Many have cried real tears as their submissions come back one after another, after another, rejected. This is their dream. It’s your dream and mine. If you are lucky enough to have a book in publication, please remember how truly special are your circumstances.

Finally, I believe in the motto that hard work and a failed attempt beats the shit out of pissing and moaning. Be diligent. Stop complaining. Try to put all that energy of looking at what other authors are pulling down in sales figures and spend some time honing your craft. Become the best. That’s all any of us can do. It is a drain to hear how horrible it is for us that are published by smaller publishing houses.

Be better than that. And remember, writers are not whiners. We are responsible for art that will be enjoyed by our society for many years to come. That in itself is worth a million bucks, in my humble opinion.

Until next time, all best.

Aliza

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11 thoughts on “Are Writers Whiners??

    farmingfollies said:
    January 25, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I agree with you. Also, doesn’t anyone write for the sheer love of it?

    Julie Israel said:
    January 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Empowering, and I absolutely agree: quality is everything. Start with quality, and the rest (if requiring hard work) will follow!

    alizamannauthor responded:
    January 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

    @farmingfollies – That’s why I started writing, to entertain other and because I love the written word. We can’t always challenge the process. If we do, we’ll miss something during the journey.
    @Julie – Amen!

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    ShannonRaelynn said:
    January 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Love this! I have absolutely nothing to whine about. But it is amazing how many do. I remember a time in my life when I didn’t know what I wanted to do. And I worked jobs that made me miserable. My husband makes enough money that I can stay home and write. My daughter is in school all day. We have the money saved up to afford the opportunity to self publish. And if any success and money flow well that would just be the cherry on top. But I would rather spend the rest of my life doing what makes me happy, than to go back making money at jobs that left me feeling horrible. It is a joy to wake up and want to get up and get back to my story. I love working hard at something I love. I am so blessed. I write because it makes me happy. I write the stories I want to read. It has nothing to do with anyone or anything else. And I hope to always feel this way. tahnk you for your article.

      alizamannauthor responded:
      January 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Congrats on being able to pursue your dreams full time!! I know that you will go far, your attitude is in exactly the right place!

    ShannonRaelynn said:
    January 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    For my own frame of reference, because I am so new, is it possible to add a quick link from your blog to your novel “Disarmed”. I checked out your book trailer and searched your site, but there is no quick link to where I can purchase your book. Do I have to go to Amazon, or your publishing company directly? Is it in Ebook format, or printed version only. I would like to purchase… and I intend on having some sort of connection from my website to my book as soon as I am through the publishing. But maybe word press does not allow this?

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    alizamannauthor responded:
    February 11, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Glad you liked it Bazar! I certainly hope you come back for a visit.

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