Like many independent authors, I can not give up my day job because it is the only thing keeping a roof over my head and the internet paid for. Which isn’t to say that sales have been bad. But if I was relying on book sales to keep me ensconced in comfy pajama pants and cat videos on demand, I’d be sleeping in a cardboard box.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Fifteen years ago I wouldn’t even have gotten a book published (believe me, I tried), so every sale is something special. And I LOVE the shifting dynamics of the publishing world. There are so many outlets for books that might never have come to be, and so many new ways of reading content. It’s truly delightful.
However, that does mean a market saturation, which makes each book sale something you have to work for. And marketing a book is more work than anyone can guess, unless you’ve done it.
So, it’s a good thing I like what I do for a living. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t rather spend my days writing, but I make do with the knowledge that I get to hone my editing skills every day. I’m also grateful that I work in tech, where I can wear Star Wars and Supernatural t-shirts every day and dye my hair green and sport a variety of tattoos…and no one even looks at me sideways.
Speaking of the day job, the office is waking up around me so I guess I should go pour that second cup of coffee and get to it. Happy Monday, Readers!