Aspiring and Floundering Authors Take Note

My website cost me thousands of dollars. If I were more technology savvy and could have designed and created my own visuals, it would have been less expensive. To sell books, I purchase what’s called swag (bookmarks postcards, notepads, door hangers), give copies of my books to libraries, blog, advertise, hire talented graphic designers to draw attention to my website, and travel to book stores.

The road to being a published author is expensive for most aspiring writers. According to The Guardian, the average author makes a little over 6,000 dollars a year for writing. Most writers think until they breakthrough like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, they must supplement their writing by teaching, editing, having a wealthy benefactor, being independently wealthy, or waiting until they retire and can live on their retirement income.

That’s what I thought before I met Linda Hollander, the “Wealthy Bag Lady,” author of Corporate Sponsorship in 3 Easy Steps. If you’re an aspiring author, I recommend you read her book and consider seeking a sponsor. It’s on my to-do list. I’m thinking I’ll contact Converse first. If you’re wondering why, read Silent Screams. What do you think? Am I running on track?

I’m praying for the breakout novel. When I did my taxes this year, I realized how much my writing is costing me. Is it worth it? Yes. I love high school students. If I can help one lonely alienated teenager feel more comfortable in his or her sneakers or prevent one tragedy, my writing will be worth the price. If like me, you have a story to tell, don’t give up, and don’t be afraid to have a sponsor help you fund your writing.

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