What constitutes a serious author? In my book, it’s a person who wants to make a living with their writing, and it’s also someone who takes the necessary steps toward publication (be it Traditional or Indie).
I was advised twice this week, in so many words, “If you’re ready to take your writing seriously (again), then ....” Ouch, right? One person who said that is a leader of an organization built for authors, and the other was an USA Today Best Selling author.
What prompted the statement from the leader? I left his organization. Does that mean it’s a bad organization to be a part of? No. In fact, I learned a lot as a member. But as my annual fee to re-up my membership came around the corner, I realized I no longer needed to be a part of it. Does this mean I’m not a serious author? Quite the contrary! I no longer need to be a part of the organization simply to feel good and serious about my writing. I do that already by publishing my books, reaching readers, and attending book events. Plus, the fees outweighed the benefits (right now).
By the way, I've been nominated as a panelist for Teen BookFest by the Bay 2019! I'll be attending as an author and speaker.
What advice can I give you?
Maybe my journey as an author is inspiring to you, or maybe you'll read this post and choose differently than I have.
At some point, you’ll have to ask yourself what kind of author do you want to be? All I can say is, do what makes you happy. Writing is hard, and it’s definitely not always fun, but if you’re passionate and take the necessary steps to publish your work, then you’re a success in my book.
I wrote my first book in 2008. Now, I'm the author of 5 books and owner of Yaupon Berry Press. I'm passionate about the Oxford comma and love a well-structured plot.
My most recent book, A Wordy Woman's Guide, was created with a tenacious spirit and an enormous vision to offer resources that empower aspiring authors.
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