I was talking to an aspiring writer last night. This woman has her book written, but doesn’t want to make the next step. She was asking me for advice. I told her to get a whip and flog herself until she’s ready to black out. If she can do that, then she’s ready for the next step.
Alright, I told her, it may not be that bad, but it makes the point. You have to be ready to deal with the downside. You are not going to put a book out there and go marching down the red carpet. It might happen, but don’t quit your day job thinking it will. I told her she will experience rejection and disappointment and if that bothers her, she’ll have a hard time of it. I’m reminded of the guy that said he became an overnight success after eight years of hard work.
Try these numbers on for size:
Approximately 150,000 novels are printed in the U.S. every year. That’s a lot of competition;
The average book sells fewer than 250 copies;
98% of all books ever written have sold fewer than 1000 copies.