Last week someone at work asked if I had made any money as a writer. I had to think about it. There aren’t any books published with my name on it so I haven’t made money that way but surly someone had paid me some small bit of money at some time to write something.
The guys at work asked me if I had made even twenty bucks. I couldn’t think of anything. One guy, the kind of guy who has to say everything with a not so subtle level of sarcasm said, “Wow, I’ve made as much money writing as you have.”
That’s true. But I told him it would change because I was about to hire an editor for my book and then I would start making money.
He asked how much it cost to hire an editor and I told him.
He dropped another “Wow.” Then informed me that even when I started selling books I would be doing that with a negative in front of how much money I had. He was shocked that I was going into debt to be a novelist.
I’m shocked that he’s shocked.
Have any of you read a book that wasn’t professionally edited? It’s a rough read. If it means spending some extra money to make the book an enjoyable read then why on earth wouldn’t I do that?
I know the story for The Ronos Trilogy is solid, and I’ve had it read by test readers who confirm that the story is well done. The only thing I need to make it complete is to have someone copyedit it.
Then it will be ready for everyone to read.
It’s possible that I will never make the money back that I’m investing to make the best product I can. Then again, I’ve read my story. Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a writer but I wouldn’t have pursued it so passionately if I didn’t think I could make a living out of it.
Trust me. I’m writing books that you will want to read.
I’m not actually going into debt to have my book edited but I needed a D word for the A to Z challenge.