There’s an article on The Passive Voice in which authors are relating stories of having quit their day jobs to write full-time. The article, having gotten over 400 responses, has been the most popular posting on TPV since… ever. Comments range from those who are making more at writing than their day job, to those roughly matching their day-job salary, to those making significantly less than their day job, but having a few years’ savings to allow them to coast along while they hope for financial success.
Some are calling it positive… encouraging… a Facebook acquaintance called it “an upper and a half.” I, personally, can only think of one word to describe it:
Neo and a disciple of the Oracle (from The Matrix, Warner Brothers)
L.A. is a great big freeway. Put a hundred down and buy a car. In a week, maybe two, they’ll make you a star. Weeks turn into years, how quick they pass. And all the stars that never were are parking cars and pumping gas.
Some online comments I read recently made a point about the potential success of the indie ebook writer that I had never considered before: The odds of becoming a successful indie ebook writer (and by “successful,” I mean earning a significant income from ebooks) is actually lower than your chances of winning the lottery.
Once I got past the depressing implication of that statement, I started thinking about it practically, to wit: If I had the choice of either writing or playing the lottery, which would be better for me… and for everyone in general? Continue reading