I was planning another post on this subject, but then this post by Kris Rusch came across my Twitter feed. Here’s the money shot:
[W]hen you do what you love, you learn all aspects of it, from craft to business. You do what you need to in order to continue doing what you love.
I’ve been an indie author for only a couple of months, but I’ve been in publishing for nearly all of my adult life, and everything she says strikes me as true. Boiled down:
- Writing is a difficult trade, always has been, and always will be.
- You survive and succeed by respecting the fundamentals of the business, not by looking for shortcuts.
Go read it now. Really, go. It’s long, but worth it.