So, there was a random article I read today that detailed a list of ways to make some side money while working a full-time job. Out of curiosity, and figuring knowing more ways to pay the bills wouldn’t be bad, I skimmed the list.
One of the bullet points was, more or less, “Write romance novels and self publish them for lots of cash.”
Is that seriously all it takes to be a writer? Apparently I’ve been writing in the wrong genre all these years. And self publishing is easy too, right? Just click a button, throw the book out in the world, and money will sprout wings and fly to me, right?
I don’t know whether to laugh or be offended at the casual “advice.” Self publishing takes so much dedication, not only to polish your book to its brightest shine, but to also market yourself and the story. Most self publishing platforms, as far as I’ve seen, take money out of your pocket as well.
And, ya know, writing is a lot of hard work, too. Romance is not my genre and if I tried to write it in a get-rich-quick scheme, my writing would be bland. The passion that I have for my fantasy novels would not transition well into a genre that I dislike writing. Readers are astute, they’ll pick up on those feelings in a heartbeat.
Kudos to anyone who is able to go down that road, to build up their own market, to craft amazing romance novels, to self publish their tales for the world. You’re amazing, and never let anyone tell you otherwise.
But kudos also to the rest of us who aren’t able to simply dash off a novel as quickly as this list is suggesting. Kudos to all of us writers who are persevering through day jobs and social obligations and rejections from publishing houses.
Writing isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a lifestyle.