A few months ago, I had a writer flog me for writing for profit. As she put it, we are artists, we write to create. I didn’t argue back, because in many ways, I agree. I would write regardless of whether I turned a profit or not. I know, I did it for years.
But I publish for profit. And frankly, so does she.
What people tend to forget, is that we mere, humble (haha!), servants of the muse will create art, in whatever form, regardless of whether we are getting paid for it or not… Need proof, look at the phrase “starving artist.” All of us, regardless of whether we write books or create watercolors on canvas or play the guitar are hoping for one thing: To Live Off Of It! Because this passion runs so deep, that we are going to do it regardless, so it is very nice when we can quit our 9-5 job and live off our passion.
I began publishing in 2012. I began writing in 1988. It wasn’t until 2013 that I thought, wow, I might be able to make money off of this. But, by then I was publishing books. So, yes, I do write because I love it. I do not love publishing. There’s a rush to it, to be sure, but it’s also far more work than most people want to admit to… There’s covers and editing and formatting and rewrites and more rewrites and gutting your masterpiece so that you can do more rewrites (just wait until after Belladonna Dreams publishes, we’ll talk more about gutting the masterpiece) and advertising and social media platforms and it makes my head spin after a while. Writing is passion, publishing is all about business and like any business, you want to turn a profit.
Which might be contributing a little bit to my current state of being. I publish a lot, 4 times a year, plus novellas when I can get one cranked at. At this pace, by the time I am 65, I will have published 130+ novels. Just novels, that doesn’t include my novellas. I will not stop at 65 though, unless I have something physically wrong with me that inhibits my ability to write. And I went off topic.
So, I have been publishing Dreams novels for a while now and nothing but Dreams novels. Each time I get close to finishing one, I start to lag. I used to love the endings, the closer I got to it, the faster I wrote. Not so much at the moment, but my last four novels have been Dreams novels. I think I need a break from being in Aislinn Cain’s head. I think I’m burning out on her, just a little. Which is why I made the decision to not publish again this year after the release of Belladonna Dreams… I have started trying to write for profit. It’s my best selling series. It’s hard to convince myself to spend time working on other things when I know these books make money.
Once you start writing for profit, it’s a problem. After all, writing is about art, not money. Publishing is about money, not art. The two should not overlap. But they did and now, with 3 days to go on my writing deadline, I need words, words that aren’t coming.
Now, to go finish a work of art…