Some people think authors are lazy. That all they do is sit at their computer and stare blankly at the screen. And that their blog(s), Facebook page(s), Twitter, LinkedIn, email, and all other sorts of social media outlets are pointless and just take up time that could be spent elsewhere.
To those people I say, “You try writing a book, edit that book, find the means to either make your own cover or hire an artist, and then get that book published and show me some sales.”
It isn’t as easy as some people believe. In the beginning, I had reservations about joining Facebook and WordPress. But, at the insistence of my publisher, I joined. I have not once regretted that decision. Few people have bought my book. And for the most part, those people who have bought (as well as taken the time to give me an honest review) are people whom I have connected with here by showing samples of my work, i.e. poetry and book excerpts. I’ve met other authors who are much like myself, and they offered to interview me or set me up for a guest blog to get some exposure for myself as an author and for my published works, many people have even re-blogged my posts about sales, contests, and the such. In turn, I try to offer them the same exposure by re-blogs, interviews and so on and so forth.
Writing is easy. Being an author is hard. There is a difference between writing a letter or sales sheet and a 40,000 word novel. This is one point I cannot get across to people. There are jobs in this world that are solid. You get a regular paycheck. Yes, there may be surprises and objects along the way, but chances are you’re not going to run into any career (or life) changing roadblocks.
Authors put not only long hours, but part of themselves, into their work. It is not just a hobby. Writing is something authors are passionate about and it isn’t something they just want to do, but need to do.
Please respect that writing is the career of authors. No, they don’t work the usual 9-5 hours, work Monday through Friday, they don’t take sick days or have paid vacations (some of them don’t have vacations at all, and others don’t get paid for anything), but this is their job. It is their life and it’s what they love. They are working to support themselves and their families.