Officially an official author!

Today is my first day as an Author.

/pause

 

Yea, that’s me letting that sink in.  Today my entire income is based off of my ability to not only write stories, but my ability to sell those stories to people.  I’m kind of envious of authors of old, who wrote a story and sold it to a publishing house, and sat back as they did all the work.

I’m my own publishing house, which means in addition to writing stories that grab people, I also have to get the word out to people that I’ve written something.  Then I have to convince them that it’s worth risking $2.99 of their hard earned money on.

If you need a guest blogger, I’m your man 🙂

 

Finishing this post this afternoon:
It’s been a good day.  I wrote about 2000 words of WZF, wrote a guest blog piece, had a beer at 9:30 in the morning because my new boss is freaking awesome, and got 328910328910328 texts from old work-mates wishing me well.

Not a bad first day.

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6 thoughts on “Officially an official author!

  1. Congratulations! I’m publishing my first book August 31, but I’m not sure if I’ll let myself think that I’m an author then. There’s a part of me that still feels like a failure for not getting an agent and going the traditional route (even though I keep trying to convince myself I’ll probably make more money self-publishing). I kind of feel like “author” is a title I’ve given myself–not one I was elected to or earned.

    Of course, Neil Gaiman was traditionally-published, and he said it took a long time for him to feel like a real author. He said he kept expecting the police to come arrest him for being a fraud. So I guess self-doubt is common among writers.

    But I think I will consider myself a “real” author when my writing income replaces my 9-to-5 income. It’s so great you’ve reached that point! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that will happen in 1-2 years for me.

  2. I wish you luck man! I’m a quarter of the way through my first novel and the road seems pretty long right now, congratulations for making it to the end. I hope all goes well with your story and don’t sweat quitting your job. What’s the point of doing anything in life if you don’t enjoy it? I know that seems easy for me to say because I’m sixteen and if writing doesn’t work out for me I don’t have anything to worry about financially, but I’d rather be unemployed and passionately writing for the rest of my life then making mega-money as an accountant like my family wants me too. Anyway, I hope it all works out for you in the end.

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