Everyone Is A Writer

One of the blogs I follow had a link up to a zillion free romance novels on Amazon today. I took them all because… why not? The lovely thing about free books is that if they’re boring or otherwise unappealing after a page or three, I can toss them aside without a second thought. Well, not literally toss, since these are books on my Kindle, and I’ve destroyed my quota of devices for a while.

But wow… here was another reminder that there are so many writers. So many people have put time and energy into creating a written product, for a hobby, maybe hoping to turn it full-time, and, eventually, the books don’t sell and are given away for free. These aren’t writers like me with a couple reviews from friends ~ these novels have racked up hundreds of reviews. And yet. And still. They’re in the giveaway pile.

Zing. Ouch. Reality stings.

19 responses to “Everyone Is A Writer

  1. They got put in the back in the discount rack, like another can of beans.

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  2. It really depends on how old the ebook is. Many authors (especially romance) publish 3-4 books a month. What many do is list it for the first month at a discount price, raise it for the 2nd month, then drop it to free after that. The reasoning is, that the more books they publish, the less they need the older books, but it makes them more prolific in the search results. And people are more willing to download free books. Plus, if you are a KU member and get it that way, they get paid per page you read. Others treat the free books like teasers. There are people on fiverr that will write your free ebook in under a week for less than $10.

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    • Ughhh, no wonder people have such negative opinions of romance writers. I haven’t taken a close look at these books, but from the titles I can tell that many will be crap. Not that I haven’t written crap! But I’ve taken it down now.

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  3. One thing you had to have learned from mw is that very few people get rich from writing. The amazing thing is that a good percentage of those who do are hacks who stepped in shit.

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    • Yeah. I remember. I did have a crazy idea I could make a little bit from novel writing though, but it’s not gonna happen while I have a real job. Dunno about after retiring.

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  4. I dump the dream more and more often. I have way too much else to do. And there’s a pretty big clue there: I always have way too much else to do.

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    • Yes. Peeps prioritize the things they want… it’s what I said when I was dating and someone was “too busy” to see me much, but had time for all his hobbies. It’s true here too. Every time I decide to spend a Saturday night playing board games for 6 hours with friends rather than writing by myself because I “need a break” shows what I value. And every movie, etc. I made these choices and keep making them. Other people have had full-time jobs and also wrote great books.

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    • Perhaps “wanting to write” is a valid hobby, too. We’re under the illusion that life has symmetry and purpose. Could be that frustrated desires are a “thing” in life. Certainly are a lot of them.

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      • Agreed there. I definitely have (had) many more frustrated wannas on the creative side, but writing a best or moderate selling book seemed, in theory, possible.

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  5. How did this happen, anyway? Where did these writers come from? Was it like this before the Internet? Rats. I was writing in spiral notebooks with a pen when I was a kid, or later with typewriters–the kind where the little metal arms would jam up when you accidentally hit two keys at once–so do I have a chance? *ding* *dzzzzzzt*

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    • Good question! Did people simply not discuss it? Or does the internet just bring us together? I’m thinking about my real-life peeps, and not many of them talk about wanting to write. Except of course the ones I met in writing meetups!

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  6. I can’t wait to see Mama Mia 2!

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  7. That is a depressing thought but we all have to deal with failure to different degrees.

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  8. Went into an actual bookstore the other day out in a suburb of Dallas and had the same experience as you — looking down the rows and rows and rows of books, taking a couple of hours to stroll around to find two I wanted (I have no space, and have to limit my “real” book intake), it suddenly occurred to me that anything I ever wrote or will write would barely stir a ripple as it disappeared into that pool, IF I could ever get it published in the first place. However, this only occasioned a small twinge since I mostly just write to entertain myself (and any of you odd ducks who read me) anyhow. I’d love that big audience and $50K advance — but I’d also love to win the lottery. Both are pretty far down on my Reality List, and I don’t let more than the occasional fanciful daydream of either interfere with getting on with doing stuff I like.

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    • Yeah. That’s why I’m just blogging and writing the occasional twitter pome meow. Not gonna make any money anyway, so might as well get the instant gratification of putting it out there.

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  9. Oh how inspiring. Nice post Paula!!

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