Publishing books is like investing, NOT like winning the lotteryPosted: December 22, 2014 Filed under: On writing | Tags: publishing, writing Leave a comment
This is a great analogy for a writing career. I’ve never really been someone that expected to win the lottery in any case!
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Publishing books is like investing, NOT like winning the lottery.
Of course, we all wish it was. It would be nice to write your debut novel, see it published, and suddenly it becomes an overnight success, but chances are that’s not going to happen.
Hopefully, what really happens is that you write a book, gain some fans, make some sales, and write another book.
Each book you write is an investment in your future, and your career. When you save for retirement, do you put $100 on a stock and hope it grows to a million? Noooo. You save over time, build on what you have, and diversify your portfolio.
Publishing books is very similar. You have to keep writing books, keeping depositing into your writing portfolio, and keep growing your audience.
I realized this when I released the first two novellas in my Highborn Chroniclesa few months ago…
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