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Writing is a lonely profession for the most part. While social media has made it easier for writers to interact with others online, it’s still a solitary job. No one can write your book but you.
It can also be a thankless profession. While hard work, perseverance, and luck can do a lot for your career, sometimes it’s just not enough. You can work for years and years, and still never make enough to live on. There are so many things that factor into a successful writing career. Genre. Market. Luck. Timing. Luck. Hard work. Talent. Luck.
When someone breaks through, gets a big publishing deal, has their book made into a television series or a movie, instead of being envious or resentful, celebrate their success. In a world where bookstores are closing left and right, and fewer children are reading for pleasure than were four years ago, any success in this industry should be celebrated. The more movies or television shows made based on books, the more chances there are to bring new readers to reading in general, or that genre specifically.
Seeing those six- or seven-figure book deals from the big five publishers means they are still willing to invest in authors and that the genre is still strong enough for them to take a risk.
These are good things.
In this profession, there are not a set number of spots at the top that once filled, means there’s no room for anyone else. Yet, anytime someone other than them succeeds, I see authors who react as if there are. Also keep in mind, often times, those overnight successes you hear about have been working for years to improve their craft and to make a name for themselves, while collecting rejection letters by the dozens. Not always though. Sometimes they really are overnight successes, but that doesn’t happen as often as people seem to think.
There is no set path; no formula to guarantee you’ll make it to the top one day. Every journey is different. As a writer it is up to you to find your own path and to write your own definition of success, but along the way take the time to celebrate your fellow travelers.
About Lynley Wayne
Lynley was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She published her first book in September of 2012 and hasn’t looked back. When not writing she can found reading or coming up with creative ways to avoid housework. While Lynley Wayne may be a pen name, the woman behind it is very real and believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. She looks forward to the day when who or how we love is no longer an issue.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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