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.



  1. i hope it happens for you soon--don't give up

  2. It is just one more obstacle to overcome... Keep persisting. Good luck with your writing!

  3. Obstacles are all around us. I understand perfectly your frustration as we all confront things beyond our control. I know you will come out triumphant on the other end. Keep believing in yourself and fighting for your voice to be heard. Best of luck!

    By the way, thanks for commenting on my blog and offering to review my book. I'd love it if you could do it! Just let me know how can I give to you the code for a digital version and I'll gladly do it.

    Thanks again.
    Georgina Morales from Diary of a Writer in Progress.

  4. Great post, Rebecka - but I especially loved the last paragraph. I can hear the passion and the triumph in your (writing) voice. Most of us, as writers, want to share our words with many, and to see our words in print on shelves around the world. But when I think of the joy and happiness writing brings reminds me who I write for, first and foremost. It's a great gift to be able to give yourself, corny as that sounds. Wishing you best of luck with A to Z-ing and with your literary pursuits!


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