One well-received writing coach wrote that nearly all other authors in this genre he spoke of said if your motivation for writing in this particular genre is money, don’t do it because you will fail.
I don’t believe that.
I believe if you don’t write for money or do anything that consumes your time for reasons other than money, then you don’t have a business, you have a hobby. Hobbies don’t support livelihoods, hobbies don’t pay bills, or put food on the table, businesses do.
No matter what your business is, and in this case, we are talking about writing, if you don’t write for money you will certainly fail. You will fail because you cannot survive without income from what you are doing, unless of course, you have income from another source. It is still then a hobby, not a business.
The first goal in writing, publishing, or any other business, is always to make money.
Without money you cannot survive and remain doing what you are doing which in this case is writing (and publishing) and more specifically in this genre which I will not mention because no matter which genre you write in or multiples of genres, you always write for money and for a bunch of additional reasons as well, such as to entertain, to teach, to escape a given world for another, to allow your readers an escape from their horrible, or boring or frustrating world for another. And so forth.
We write for money.
We must survive.
We must pay our bills.
We must be happy and comfortable in our lives.
We must be successful in what we do. Income is the measurement of success.
But we also, must write for any given other reasons which may vary from author to author.
If you are filthy rich and already have lots and lots of money, and write for another reason, fine, so be it. If you want to do it for nothing, fine. But the truth is, only the top-earning authors sell a lot of books, the kind of sales all the other authors marvel over. Bestselling books are based on sales and sales are based on the money they earn and the number of copies they spin out. It’s a no brainer and it’s called economics. It is a supply and demand thing.
Millions of books hit the market and don’t bring their authors a single penny. Don’t be one of those authors. Pay other authors by purchasing their books and learn how to do it right. You will never be sorry; I promise you that!
Write for money, and LOTS of it, as well as for ALL the other reasons that motivate you to write and which keeps you writing, happily ever after. (HEA) Case closed.
Till next time, ~Cliff