When I first started writing, all I ever heard was ‘you’ll never make any money’. For some people that is true, but that stigma puts a false limit on writers.
So many people accept that as truth and never even try to rise above it because they genuinely think it’s pointless.
But now that I’m more involved with the author community, I KNOW that old chestnut is actually a load of crap.
You CAN make money but first you have to believe it’s possible, then you have to work your ass off! So many authors are happy to share their journey and there are thousands of books and podcasts out there telling you step by step how to do it. So keep digging, keep learning and make this dream your job!
Here are my top 5 author podcasts:
1. The Creative Penn
2. Self Publishing Formula
3. Self Publishing Roundtable
4. Writing Excuses
5. Sell More Books Show
That’s the beauty of writing – you don’t have to know where you’re going. And the same goes for publishing!
My publishing goals are always changing because I aim to achieve what’s just outside of my capabilities. Next time round, I have more knowledge and reach higher.
Don’t settle for what you’ve always done. Research, try new things and push your boundaries!
When I was a kid I used to get pretty bad insomnia, so instead of sleeping I would curl up in bed and tell myself stories. They started out as single scenes but sometimes I got so excited about my imaginary world that I would let the story play out in instalments, each night picking up where I left off.
Sometimes I would whisper the dialogue aloud and many of those characters were with me for months.
They’re my earliest memories of telling stories but at the time I didn’t realise those imagining would become real. Those secret stories didn’t have to exist just inside my head when I was meant to be sleeping.
It didn’t happen in an instant but I let those stories into my life and now they’ve become a career.
If you’ve ever thought about writing a book, you should know that there is literally no reason in the world that you can’t do it.