Two points to make.

I had a rant planned, but I gave up on it.  I prefer to stay calm, here in the now, and enjoy life.  So I’m going to make two honest points here and let you all be.  I hope you listen.

I read a blog post today on Bob Mayer’s site.  It was to the damn point and I said to myself, “FINALLY!”

Any decent writers blog tells you you need to plan, you need to write, and you need to publish.  But be honest, how many are actually doing that?  Time after time I see people with one or two books desperate to make another sale, running around in a panic, making their books free, doing crazy offers or deals or discounts that yield nothing, only to end up asking WHY?!

And my response is the same… write another book.

My first point is this – write.  It’s simple.  Just write.  My wife bought me a notebook for Christmas last year that says “If you wish to be a writer, write!”  It’s the truth.  Don’t worry about the outside world so much, worry about the open document in front of you.  There’s always good news, there’s always bad news.  There’s always people who feel big publishing is dead and there’s always people who feel big publishing had a hiccup and is coming to ruin us all.  It doesn’t matter what people think… what matters is what’s one your screen. 

Why?

Because if you’re doing your job, you’ll be writing… and if you’re really doing your job, you’ll have a plan.  Screw this month.  Screw this Christmas.  Where will you be three years from now?  Five years?  Ten years?  What’s the plan?!  You better have one.  Things change and you need a blue print to make it work.  If you think you’ll write one book, sell a million copies and then retire to an island, then you’ll have to give me a second to excuse myself and laugh… and Tweet about it and Facebook it and laugh some more.

This is a business… if you want some fantasy moment or attempt, buy a lottery ticket (inPennsylvania, you’ll be supporting senior citizens).

You’ve probably me being a little quiet.  And it’s not by accident.  I’m so damn focused on writing and publishing, it’s really become a full time business.  I check my usual hangouts every day and say hello to my pals online, but I don’t dive into much because – to be honest – it’s like word vomit.  It’s all the same worries and thoughts…

When people posted their number for September on KindleBoards, I noticed something.  Those who has multiple books out (6 or more) were the ones who had the big sales.  The ones who had one or two books out, they were scrambling to figure out what to do next.

So again, I’ll say it:  WRITE.

Now, for my second point – money.  As a business, we want to make money.  As part of your plan, you better have something worked out for money. 

How much do you need to survive?

How much do you plan on putting away for taxes?

How much do you plan on putting away for savings?  Retirement?  Etc. etc. etc.

What’s your 401(k) and investment account look like?

Health insurance anyone?

And trust me, all of the above are valid points to think about.  And ask yourself, honestly, are you okay with making enough money compared to someone else?  Stephen King makes, what, $20 million a year?  Are you okay knowing you won’t hit that?  Or is it your secret dream to be filthy rich, rolling in cash, peeing in a gold toilet?  There’s no wrong answer here, just truth. 

Use your truth to guide you…

Money comes from point one – writing.  And while some may feel they may reach a saturation point, I say erase those thoughts.  Cross that bridge when it gets there.  We all should have a notebook with us everyday to be jotting down notes and ideas.  The world is full of them.  You may come to a point where writing four or five books a year doesn’t seem likely, but if you’ve done your job before that time, you should be well enough with your previously published books that it won’t be such a hit.  Again, it comes back to the planning. 

I hope myself, or Bob (if you read his post) haven’t discouraged you, at all.  If you’re a writer, write.  There are dozens of paths ahead… none are easy.  You just have to find the one that fits you.  And only you.

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10 Responses to Two points to make.

  1. Terri Reid says:

    Brilliant post – both yours and Bob’s (thanks for sending me there.) I totally agree. And I see the truth every time I release a new book. The sales bring it up to the top – Darkness Exposed is now #256 Paid in Kindle Store (but that can change in an afternoon) and it’s #1 in Hot New Releases in Women Sleuths – and from this, new readers find my books and buy the first one and hopefully the second one, and so on…. 🙂 If you’re an Indie – you’ve got to write!
    By the way, your wife is brilliant too!! 🙂
    Take care!

    Terri Reid

    • Jim Bronyaur says:

      Thanks Terri! I’ll be sure to let me wife know you think she’s brilliant! I do too! 😉

      I love your style Terri… production, production, production! That’s the key.

  2. Randall says:

    Very informative and worthwhile read. No, I do not have any books out, but we all I guess like to think maybe someday, and an article like yours keeps one informed about what to do. Thank you for your article.

    • Jim Bronyaur says:

      Randall, thanks! Keep writing, and make sure it’s the best damn book you can write! But don’t forget about your plan either. Bob Mayer (who commented here on this post too) suggests having 3 books ready before publishing. Makes sense, because the best advertising in MORE books!

  3. Bob Mayer says:

    Thanks for the mention. Reality has a way of discouraging people who aren’t in it for the long haul. but for those who are, there’s nothing better.

    • Jim Bronyaur says:

      Amen to that Bob. Thanks for commenting here. The “flood” came and the “flood” with subside. I said it back in April and May… watching SO many people jumping in, waiting for their checks to come. heh. Now it’s time for another book to come out and some people don’t have it.

      And if you look on KB, on the 1,000 books a month posts, etc. you’ll notice a trend… those who have multiple books out and continuously produce are the ones selling. (Like yourself, for example)

  4. Fantastic post, Jim. I’m in this for the long haul. This is my passion and has been since I was a kid, so it’s good to get a reality check now and then and be reminded of my goals. I think I’ll skip peeing in a gold toilet, though. 😉

    • Jim Bronyaur says:

      I like Shea – “reality check”. We all need that in life sometimes. It’s easy to get lost dreaming of the mansion when in reality you have so much in front of your right now. I always tell people… “Did you wake up today? If so, be happy.” Because across, there are those who didn’t wake up today.

      But you have to align your goals with your life goals too.

  5. Red Tash says:

    Jim, your passion really comes through in your writing. If your fiction is anything like this blog, you’ll have no problem finding an audience and sustaining sales in the long-term. I love Bob’s blogs, too. He is right-on, in my opinion.

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