Hello everyone! Today I have a pleasure to host Dane Cobain. Enjoy reading!
Hi, folks! My name’s Dane Cobain and I’m a British writer, poet and occasional musician from the United Kingdom. I’m here today to talk to you about what it’s like to be a writer – it can be a lot of fun, and it’s also rewarding, but you have to make a lot of sacrifices as well.
In this post, I’m going to list ten things that most people don’t expect – or at least that I didn’t expect! – before becoming a writer. And so, without further ado, let’s get to it!
#1: People are watching
In many ways, this is what I talked about in my last book, Social Paranoia. When you’re a writer, even more so than when you’re a ‘normal person’, people are watching every move you make, on social media and in real life. Your readers will want to know more about you, so you need to make sure that you always stay true to what you believe in or you’ll get found out and lose your credibility.
#2: Bad reviews are inevitable
Not everyone is going to like your book, and you need to be fine with that. Read the bad reviews anyway, so you can learn from the criticism and do a better job in the future, and remember that the way that you respond to bad reviews is a reflection of your professionalism. And calm down – studies show that bad reviews on a product actually make a reader more likely to buy, because it makes the positive reviews look more legitimate.
#3: Say goodbye to your social life
It takes a lot of work to be a writer, and so you’ll find yourself turning down offers to go out with your friends because you have too much stuff to do. And secretly, you’ll enjoy it. Sometimes it’s more fun to hang out with characters you created than it is to spend time with your friends and family.
#4: You’ll probably spend more than you earn
Indie authors don’t make a huge amount of money from their books, even when they’re selling well. And you have to bear in mind that any revenue from book sales has to be offset against editing, proofreading and cover design costs, as well as marketing costs such as competition prizes and even the money it takes to pay someone to create videos or websites.
#5: Promo opportunities will rule your life
If you want people to read your book, you’re going to need to spend a lot of time marketing it. Sometimes you’ll feel as though you’re not actually getting any writing done because you’re spending so much time working on author interviews, guest posts and other opportunities. Buckle up and get it done – it needs doing!
#6: If you don’t have an editor, you’re doing it wrong
The main problem that I spot time and time again when reading and reviewing indie books is when the author doesn’t work with an editor. Even if you’re pretty good at making sure that things are consistent and that there aren’t any spelling mistakes, typos, grammar errors or layout fails, an editor will give you that extra little bit of oomph that you need to help you to make sure that your books are the best they can be.
#7: Other authors aren’t your competition
At first glance, it’s easy to see other writers as your competition, because people can only read one book at a time. But there’s a real spirit of us all being in it together, and the most enthusiastic readers I know are authors themselves. Seeing other authors as your competition is counterproductive, because collaboration is key to getting your name out there.
#8: Selling books is harder than writing them
You’ve never completely finished with one of your books. Even after you’ve written it, edited it and released it, you’re going to need to keep on pushing it and getting the word out. And it never truly stops – even a couple more books down the line, you’ll still be pushing that first book, as well as the rest that you’ve written along the way. It’s hard work convincing people to part with their hard-earned cash to support you, but it’s worth doing!
#9: Writing is a waiting game
It can take years for you just to get to the stage where your first book is released, and if you want to make a living as a writer then you need to be in it for the long haul. You’ll spend a lot of time waiting for things to happen, but that’s okay, because that’s your chance to work on something new or to get out there and to make sure that something does happen!
#10: You’ll meet a surprising amount of people
A lot of people think of writers as solitary creatures who spend all of their time in front of a computer screen. While this is true to some extent, there’s also a need to be sociable, whether you’re schmoozing at a networking event or whether you’re reading excerpts from your work at an open mic night. You’ll meet a lot of people online, as well, and so it helps to have a good memory for who’s who and for what they do and how you both might be able to work together.
So there you have it – those are ten things that you might not have realised about life as a writer. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the most rewarding thing in the world on a good day, but you have your bad days too. But even on a bad day, you’ll need to keep writing!
Are you surprised by any of the things on the list? Perhaps you’re a writer yourself and have something to add! Either way, let me know with a comment.
Dane, thank you very much for your post! I really appreciate that you agreed to share with us details about life as a writer. Being a writer is both amazing and extremely hard job. I wish you all the best!!
Below is the summary of Dane’s supernatural thriller No Rest For The Wicked. My review of the book will be posted soon.
No Rest for the Wicked
When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.
When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.
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