Thursday, April 5, 2012
F is for Frustration
Frustration, probably the worst word in the writing world. It is frustrating to me as a writer to have put my best effort into a novel or short story and see it go no where. I learned the hard way about vanity publishers. They cost an arm and a leg, do nothing at all to promote you, and you can only hope that you might make your investment back. I am close but I'm not there...frustrating.
Today's frustration came out of Createspace, the self-publishing baby of Amazon. They told me that for $25 I can get expanded distribution into bookstores, libraries, and schools. My royalties on a $15 book will be $0.01. Yes, that is correct one cent. I'm saving my $25 and they can keep that program. This is the first book that is within four sales of actually paying for itself.
Frustration is knowing I write as well or better than what some of the "Big" publishing houses are selling, and being unable to get a foot in the door.
As frustrating as all that is, I keep writing. For me writing is a must. I live and breathe writing. I lose sleep over writing. I can talk about writing for as long as you want. I even know something about it. Imagine that. I will not let the frustration stop me. It's just one more obstacle to overcome.