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Friday, October 23, 2009

Not Millionaires...

I'm laughing while reading this posting over at the Southern Writers' Blog. Read the whole thing before deciding to take this advice because there are a lot of good things about writing, many mentioned by the end of the blog. But, still, there's truth in what poster Sarah Shaber says:

A young man at a school where I was speaking once asked me how much of the $23.95 price of my newest book did I get to keep. Oh, I said, maybe $2.00. He passed my book to another student with a look that indicated he’d be going into a different business. Novelist Lawrence Block, who’s written many books on writing, likes to tell anyone who is interested in becoming an author that they “should take two aspirins, lie down in a dark room, and hope the feeling goes away.”

Of course, don't a lot of us know that feeling's not going away any time soon, even with aspirin?


Ginger*:) said...

Illustrators face the same dilemmas as writers. We work hard to create illuminating and creative images that stir the imagination. The process is so rewarding that sometimes I feel guilty for getting paid... but then when the lights go out I am glad for those checks.

Augusta Scattergood said...

So true, Ginger! Thanks for your comment.