This is something that suddenly occurred to me. Someone asked me if I wouldn’t rather make my living writing instead of being an IT-guy.
The good old days
In the good old days, when there was no self-publishing and there were only a few writers, I would have said ‘yes’. Now I say ‘no’. At the moment there are only a few authors who can live off their writing and that is because the audience loves and knows them. They’ve been in the game for a long time or they had the good luck to write a novel that was picked up and praised by an important person.
The chances of that happening these days are few thin. Thousands of books are being published daily, thanks to indie publishing. Whether or not they are good books isn’t the question here. They are out there and people can buy them.
Slave of the industry
It is possible to make a name in writing. According to a book I read, you have to get a good marketing team and/or scheme, and you need to publish one book per month to keep the momentum going.
One book per month. That’s a lot of words each month, and each book needs to be checked for errors, it needs a cover and being published. That sounds more like a conveyor belt in a factory than something you do for fun. Of course, there will be people who have fun with that. People find pleasure in the strangest things.
People who do this and who write their fingers to the bones are, in my view, no longer master of the game. They are slaves of the industry, caught in the “write a book, publish a book, oh shit the end of the month is almost here, damn what will I write about next”-trap. Trap? Yes, because they will have to write what their publishes says is the best stuff to write. Stuff that sells.
Master of the game
The way that Will, Robert and I write, and with
This way we are also not restricted by the laws that govern ‘the norm’. Nudity in the pure form that we write about is not what publishers want. It is however what we want, and it is obvious that it is also what you, our faithful readers, want.
Having that freedom is a good thing. It allows for innovative writing, for writing outside the box – and outside the clothes.
I am happy with the job I have. The one that pays the bills and makes it possible for me to buy the tools to write, to give me the space to publish my books. I think that is worth so much more than writing for a living where the writing is turned into something ‘mechanical’.