On Kindleboards I came across this post by V.J. Chambers which struck an instant chord with me. I'm sure most self-published authors will agree it's spot on about the ups and downs of an indie writer.
The good news is, that most traditionally published authors experience similar ups and downs, but the whole process is much slower, you have less control, less direct information to obsess over, and it's possible to be dumped by your publisher.
My emotional writing journey by V.J. Chambers
- I loooove writing. I'm going to get published and make millions of dollars!
- (100 no-responses from agents later and two manuscripts later) This is really hard and demoralizing. Why do I freaking bother?
- Discover self-publishing is not as bad as eating babies.
- I loooove self-publishing. I'm going to market my butt off and play with my price and make millions of dollars!
- So, um, I'm not actually making any money. This is really hard and demoralizing. Why do I freaking bother?
- OMG! I'm selling more!
- OMG! I'm still selling more. If this keeps up, I could quit my day job!
- Oh. So, I'm, um, not really selling that many books any more. This is really hard and demoralizing. But I bother because I know that it's possible to be successful.
- Huh. My sales are picking up again.
- Huh. My sales are plummeting.
- So, um, apparently this writing thing is going to be emotionally draining.