...and I haven't even read one of his books. (but I will, I promise)
His blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing is fantastic. Loads of freebies. Thanks to Robert Swartwood for introducing me to Mr. Konrath.
Konrath is currently doing a blog tour to promote his new book, Afraid. Yesterday he left a nice post at Susie Hawes's blog about small press vs. large press.
Reading the post stirred my "Why am I writing?" juices. Again.
So why am I doing this? The myth that one day I would be rich and famous has already crumbled before me. (boy, have I mentioned how naive I was?) Aside from the personal fulfillment of a job well done (a published story), what is the draw? Do I want to eventually write full time? Would I want that lifestyle? Do I want to go the indie route and stir up a cult following? Or am I happy just writing stories that people, should they stumble across them, might want to read?
As I continue on my journey, I see snippets of what it takes to become a successful writer (not necessarily make a living at it). The folks that become successful work hard. Very hard. Some successful writers still hold down day jobs. Some lucky few are able to write full time, but that path is loaded with tours, travel, self-promotion...not an easy path either way.
One thing I know: If the only goal is a paycheck, I don't think I want to do this. I could make more money elsewhere (even with a Book DealTM and modest sales) with much less heartache and hard work.
Is it worth it?
When will I know?
Should I even worry about these things?
In the meantime, I will keep writing. I will continue to hone my voice, my craft. I love words, and for now (and the immediate future), that is enough.