Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Finger on the Trigger

"I'm writing full-time now...and no one can stop me..."

If you're going to try, go all the way.

Maybe you're a novelist working exclusively with the Amazon KDP self-publishing program and what started out as just a kind of curious, let's-see-what-happens thing turned into, I'm-making-enough-in-royalties-now-to-pay-the-mortgage-and-all-my-bills kind of thing.

Or maybe you're like me, a novelist and journalist who stresses the importance of utilizing not just one method of publication, but all three: Major, traditionally-based indie, and self-publishing.

Whatever the case, you've gone from obscure nobody to enjoying a profitable fan base in a relatively short amount of time. Now you find yourself getting up in the morning, getting dressed and hustling off to work, and all the time there's this voice inside your head saying, "Quit the day job. You don't need it anymore."

But will the royalties keep on coming?
Will your desire and ability to write good novels last?
Will changes in an ever volatile e-book market affect your sales?
Or have you simply gotten really lucky over the past couple of years and now the luck is about to run out?

The answer is yes and no.

The only guarantee for a the full-time writer is that there are no guarantees.

So what are you going to do? Are you going to play it safe and keep the day job? Or is that letter of resignation already locked and loaded in your email, your index finger tickling the Enter key. Your finger on the trigger...



  1. I like that you're not beating up on one publishing route over another. Some pick on traditional. Some pick on self-pubbing. But the future, as you rightly point out, is going to be a mix. That should be comforting. You can be flexible in the ways you hit readers.

    Actually, I hear hitting readers isn't a good way to sell books, but what do I know.

  2. Yes, you've talked me into it. After mulling it over for the past two months, I'm going to quit my job first thing in the morning. Thanks, Vincent. By the way,just in case my book, "The Three Deadly Assassins: Moe, Larry and Curly," doesn't run up the bestseller list, is there room on your couch?

  3. Yes Gary, there is room on the couch...100 bucks per night ... Ha!

  4. Quick, and to the point--great post. The moment I find myself able to pay the bills on royalties, I start the clock: if it holds for a few months, no more day job for me!

    I can hardly wait, but I'm happy for those who are already there.

  5. It's definitely a good thing to consider. I quit mine, but when my husband asked if he could quit his too, it was a no ;) He thinks I'll magically keep making the money I'm making now, but I don't believe it's wise to assume anything. Not yet anyway!

  6. I quit my job too. and now I've started writing essays and resumes and have a plan to start a lifestyle blog too. It is a great option if we are dedicated towards our blog. :)

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