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Old 12-13-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Excellent post by Kris Rusch - Write like it's 2009

Well worth reading the whole thing, but here's the bottom line:

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If you do the work, you will eventually become successful. Some of you will get rich very quickly. Some of you won’t. Most of you who stick with this for about ten years—the average time it takes for a writing career (hell, for any small business) to blossom—will make a good living at it. If you do it right, don’t 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 don’t know what I’m talking about because I have a fan base and I’ve never ever ever had to start from scratch? You folks? I’m talking to you now:

This is a gold rush, and it’s playing out. If you want to get rich quickly, find a new scheme. I’m 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. I’m sure some of the California mines aren’t entirely played out yet…

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, you’d 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, I’m 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 you’re trying to sell millions of copies of books to millions of readers around the world.

You don’t 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 won’t be worth your time.

And that, my friends, was true in 2009. It is true now. And it will be true in 2019.
http://kriswrites.com/2012/12/12/the...like-its-2009/
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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10 years sounds about right. Most of my current favourite writers were going at least that long before I noticed them. And that was in the days before everyone was blasted with adverts every few seconds from new writers who think that's the way to do it. Even if all your ebooks were free you'd struggle to be noticed amongst them.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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7 years and counting then I will be RICH RICH RICH!
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haha!

This was such a good article, and something I needed to read today. thanks for posting that!
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You wish!

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haha!

This was such a good article, and something I needed to read today. thanks for posting that!
You're welcome Joe. She and Dean are wonderful inspirations!
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