Friday, November 10, 2006

Okay, um…yep. I’ve heard it, but now I think I can confirm for myself. It gets more difficult the second time around. LOL Wow. Now I’m looking back at writing, publishing, and promoting the first book and thinking, “Those were the good old days.” LOL Because now, with the second book, you’re not only trying to promote for it, but also trying to write the next book or short story on top of everything you normally do. Whew! So, back to not having a life and spending every free moment on book related activities.

If there are any aspiring writers out there, I agree with all the other writers out there who constantly say that if you write, you gotta do it for the love of it, and not for the money. I wouldn’t even know how to estimate it, but I would guess that if I were to be able to calculate all the hours I put into my writing career vs. money made from it, it would HAVE TO average out to somewhere around $2/hr. And that’s a generous guesstimation. LOL But still, the truth is, as much as it’s wearing me out, I really love writing and creating stories and I find myself always anxious to finish the next writing projects to have someone read it. It’s funny how when I’m finished, I’m not thinking how much I can sell this story for, but rather my thoughts are on whether or not readers will enjoy this story as much as I do. The thought is a nervous one on whether or not I created a story that will engross the readers and whether the reader will have difficulty in putting the book down because they want to see what happens next. It’s like, yeah, I do want to be able to support my lifestyle by writing, yet, money isn’t the primary source of satisfaction in the completion of the story.

Get it? If you do, explain it to me because I don’t. LOL

7 comments:

writerwritz Sat Nov 11, 09:17:00 AM EST  

I get it gurl, you just love writing, thats all. Inspite of your guesstimation of $2.00 an hour, the thrill of it all is exciting. I can't wait to be where you're at, so I'm writing a much as I can to get out there and express my silent voice through the pages I write.

You go GURL!!! I can't wait to read your next book.

princessdominique Mon Nov 20, 10:21:00 AM EST  

Yep, $2 an hour. People who think you get rich doing this are only looking at Nora Roberts, John Grisham and Stephen King. Hang in there.

Anonymous Mon Nov 27, 07:47:00 PM EST  

Looking forward to your new book!

Anonymous Tue Nov 28, 10:41:00 AM EST  

I like that you do it for the love of writing... That is what is key.

I too can't wait for the new book to come out. I need it hot off the presses, lol!

Cherlyn Michaels Wed Nov 29, 03:28:00 PM EST  

Thanks writerwritz. And you can do anything you set your mind to. I wish you the best!

Cherlyn Michaels Wed Nov 29, 03:29:00 PM EST  

Thanks Dom, Fred, and LadyLee. We're getting closer! :-)

princessdominique Sun Dec 17, 01:23:00 PM EST  

Just stopping by to wish you a beautiful and happy holiday and a Happy New Year if I don't get back through here before then. Yayyy for almost 2007!