June’s Question is: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
I actually feel like I want to quit right now! It’s not the writing that gets me down as an indie, it’s the marketing and keeping up with everything that needs to be done in order to stay on top of my game. It doesn’t help that I’ve recently joined an indie FB group with over 10k members, a lot of whom are very experienced and make over six figures a year (some even make six figures a month!). It’s hard not to do the comparison thing when I see their posts and it makes me feel like no matter how much time and energy I put into this pursuit, I’m already so far behind and I’ll never catch up. On top of that is the fact that I despise technology. It’s a miracle that I even have a blog. So to think about all the things I need to do just to make sure I remain relevant makes me feel exhausted before I have even finished writing. The only thing that keeps me going is stubbornness. I refuse to be that person who gives up when there are so many out there making it work!
Six figures a month? I can't even imagine it. You can't compare yourself with that. Just focus on you and learn from others.ReplyDelete
Good ol' stubbornness is actually a good thing! Somehow, it's going to have to work out in the end, but it's all so overwhelming.ReplyDelete
I don't even want to think about all that marketing stuff while I'm still trying to learn how to swim, so to speak. I'll just keep trying to actual finish a publishable piece of fiction because that's hard enough.
Good for you. Keep being stubborn. It takes a certain amount of that to get somewhere, eh? And I totally hear what you're saying, but the truth is, we all have an audience, and we're all working on growing it. It's hard to see the day to day progress though without looking back at square one.ReplyDelete
Hello, Lan. I hear ya'--I just attended a meeting of writers, some of whom are very successful indie authors. Their talk about the many facets of marketing made me dizzy, but I'll be plunging in soon.ReplyDelete
I'd hate all that marketing stuff too. I'd just want to focus on the writing.ReplyDelete
I feel the same. Marketing and technology both make me want to crawl into a hole and hide.ReplyDelete