Well worth reading the whole thing, but here's the bottom line:
If you do the work, you will eventually become successful. Some of you will get rich very quickly. Some of you wonít. Most of you who stick with this for about ten yearsóthe average time it takes for a writing career (hell, for any small business) to blossomówill make a good living at it. If you do it right, donít sign your copyrights away, hire the best help, continue to improve, and stick with it.
The rest of you? Those of you who want to get rich quickly? The people who, even now, are about to write to me to tell me that I donít know what Iím talking about because I have a fan base and Iíve never ever ever had to start from scratch? You folks? Iím talking to you now:
This is a gold rush, and itís playing out. If you want to get rich quickly, find a new scheme. Iím sure something else is currently making someone rich in a surprising manner. Join that new bandwagon.
Or try this: Gold is selling at $1700 an ounce. Iím sure some of the California mines arenít entirely played out yetÖ
A while back, I got taken to task for insulting some members of my audience. And maybe that last remark insults some of you. But believe me, if you took a class from me on writing, youíd hear me say the same thing in person and with a lot more force than you can ever see on the page. I scare people in person. On the page, Iím much milder.
If you want overnight success, this is not the profession for you. If you want a writing career, then learn it. Remember that youíre trying to sell millions of copies of books to millions of readers around the world.
You donít get to that level simply by writing one novel. It takes practice, practice, practice, learning, learning, learning, and patience, patience, patience.
You have to love writing, or it wonít be worth your time.
And that, my friends, was true in 2009. It is true now. And it will be true in 2019.