I'm dipping my toe into the water and trying to improve my writing skills again. But, something has been bothering me lately. I love to read. That's what sparked my interest in writing. I just finished reading and awesome book and truly loved it.
But in the back of my mind, I have a major battle of epic portions going on. What I have noticed over the last couple of years is...some of my favorite and most talented writers have gone the route of self publishing. Now, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with self publishing.
You still get your work out there and there are a lot of successful self published authors but, I think that some of what's happening is that contracts are not being offered or series are not being picked up.
Now, I'm a reader and a fan girl when it comes to my authors that I read and watching this trend is breaking my heart.
Going the traditional route of publishing has always been the harder route but it's becoming almost impossible. I liken it to becoming a professional basketball or football player. It's one in a million shot or like winning the lottery.
Your chances of quitting your day job and writing for a living is paramount to being able to live out your fantasy these days. I follow a lot of writers blogs. Most of the authors I follow do have day jobs and still have success as published authors.
Now my idea of success may not be yours but if you have more than five of six published books that did fairly well...I think that's success.
So why am I writing again? One is because I love to see my words on paper. Another is I want to see what happens to the character I created. And lastly, I have a strong desire to not just be a published author but also a published novelist.
Can I do it? I don't know but one thing is for sure, if I don't even try...then I have failed already.