Over this past weekend I participated in a NaNoWriMo panel at a local library along with other authors. One of the questions that I asked everyone was, What is your least favorite question to be asked as a writer/author? My favorite answer came from Stefani Milan (author of The Secret of Kolney Hatch). She said her least favorite question to be asked is how much money she’s making. The group went into a discussion about this question and it really is an annoying question to be asked. A point that was made by Stefani, that I agree with, was that we didn’t writer or publish a book to make money. We did it because it was something we were passionate about.
There are two types of people in life, the people who follow society’s path, and the people who don’t. Most self-published authors are under the category of people who don’t follow society’s nicely paved path. These are people who wanted to create art with words and share it with the world. It’s not about making money. People who are used to 9 to 5 jobs and getting a steady pay get really confused about this. How could anyone possibly make a living off of this? The truth is you probably can’t. For any type of artist it’s more about the work you’re doing. It’s about being happy and sharing it with the world, unfortunately, in this world that’s not something most people make money doing. It’s a simple matter of do you want to be stuck in an office doing something you don’t enjoy, or do you want to do what you love and not have a steady income? For some people they can do what they love and be financially okay, but that’s a very slim few.
“Businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids in art school said they would”
-Arcade Fire, Ready to Start