This might be more of an announcement than a piece of advice. As you should already be aware, I’ve been working on reevaluating my daily writing activities, attempting to figure out how to fit things in while also making them actually worthwhile.
I love writing my books, but I really don’t like promoting them, or dealing with the fact that there’s so little that comes back from them.
In other words, no matter how much I might attempt to legitimize my novel-writing, the amount of financial return I receive off them makes them still nothing more than a hobby. It’s a hobby I enjoy, but at this point, a hobby that I really just don’t have time to pursue without giving up plenty of other things.
And since I’m looking for new occupational opportunities, I’ve decided to turn to the dark side…freelancing. That’s right. The time has come to make some real attempts at monetizing my efforts. I’ve been writing for free for so long, things that, honestly, should be paid for, whether it’s through novels, posts here (or on the other blogs I’ve written for), or guest posts, etc.
And, I’ve recently become aware of the fact that freelancers actually are paid to write this same stuff.
Well, I should clarify that I’ve been aware of this for quite some time, but previously I had seen it as being below me as it wasn’t something that could financially replace my other occupational efforts…but since the other efforts are gone…I’m looking toward the future.
So…basically, I’m going freelance.
Actually, it’s more than that. I’m going pro. Not only are there many opportunities for writing for random folks across the internet, there’s also been an opportunity for me to write for local theater groups for a while which I just haven’t pursued.
But what does this mean?
Well, it means that the novels are going to take a back seat…
I’m going to complete Agora Files Part 2, seeing as I still feel rather bad about how much of a cliffhanger that series has been left on…and I believe I can actually make it into the last book of that series (I’m still working on some of those details)…but then the focus will be more on other efforts.
That’s not to say I won’t write any more novels, but that they will go back to hobbyist status…something I do in spare time, instead of something I do to find success. There just simply isn’t enough success available there for me right now.
The blog will continue to exist in the current form for a while, I believe. But, I’m not making any promises there either.
I’m making changes…changes that have been necessary for a long time.
And hopefully changes that won’t disappoint those followers I have found over the years as a novelist…
I’m pretty excited about where this all could lead…even if it’s a fairly big unknown…
Have fun out there!