I’m writing a book.
It’s taken me two years so far.
It shouldn’t be this hard. If all I had to do was write.
I’m envious of authors like James Patterson and Pat Conroy (shown above). They can spend months in their beach front bingalows and pen masterpieces. Now, they have earned the right to do this. Patterson has written 76 best-selling books. The same with Conroy, who hasn’t sold as much but he’s one of our country’s greatest novelists. Just brilliant. Tortured, but brilliant.
In so many ways, it’s never been a better time to become an indie author. No barriers in direct-to-market. Audiences are gobbling up content online and there are publishing platforms aplenty. This is what also makes it challenging. Keeping up with it all.
And squeezing in time to write.
What I struggle the most with his balancing the marketing/audience building with the actual content creation. That question should be self-evident: if you don’t have words on a page, you have nothing to offer. But turn that question around: if you have words on a page and no audience to consume them them, that’s all you have. And that’s not why writers write. Otherwise Conroy would have kept his long hand draft from “The Prince of Tides” in his notebook (can you imagine how messy that must be?)
I’m curious as to how indie authors juggle this (and a day job). Is it just a matter of discipline? Time management? That’s certainly part of it. But I think it’s also a function of who you are. If you have extrovert DNA running through you (which I do) then the marketing comes easy and the writing is more counterintuitive. Reverse that statement for the introverts.
I’d like to hear from other authors on this.