Am I Good Enough?

As a writer, I struggle a lot with whether I’m good enough to do this for a living.

It seems sort of arrogant that I should expect people to pay money for something that I would do anyway. I think a lot of other people feel this way too, as the prevalence of electronic books has gotten cheaper and cheaper until it’s almost as if writers are giving away their work just so someone will read them.

It’s a tough situation. Made worse that careers in the Arts rarely get the same respect as someone in business or marketing or other white-collar jobs.

Of course this is something that everyone, not even writers, struggle with. Am I good enough?

Truthfully – I actually believe I AM a good enough writer to do this and making money from it. I do think that if someone spends time (and let’s face it – writing a novel takes a heck of a lot of time) and produces something entertaining – that people searching for that type of entertainment will pay for it. Not astronomical prices, mind you, but something.

But what? What is a fair price to pay for a book these days?

I don’t know the answer. I do know what *I* like to pay, but I’m not sure I’m a typical reader.

Personally, I’ll pay up to $9.99 for an author or book I’m really interested in. I rarely pay more. That’s my tipping point. It sucks that since I’m in Australia that I don’t get a lot of the lovely cheaper prices for many books (I really want Cuckoo’s Calling, but it’s over $15 for us Aussies – and yes Amazon I can see it much lower so why can’t I buy it at that price too (don’t get me started)).

While I will pay that much, it also depends on a lot of things: genre, cover, premise, author, what comparable books are priced at, and so on.

I’ve also been conditioned that the range of $2.99-$4.99 is a reasonable price. Whether I would pay more or not for some of those cheaper books is a conundrum because I don’t know (because I don’t have to).

I rarely buy books at 0.99 cents. RARELY. It’s such a non-price that it also doesn’t seem worth it. Either price your book at free or bring it to $2.99 or higher. The exception is short stories.

I don’t know when I’m going to write another book and publish it. I do know it will happen, but when is the big question. I’m busy with other writing projects – other more profitable ones that it seems I have no time to write another dark fantasy or suspense novel. But I want to. It’s always in my mind. I considered delaying another writing project of mine so I could do just that. But then I saw the bills. Maybe if I can build up my savings a bit more, first.

Or I could write a book slowly. 100 words a day which doesn’t seem that difficult. That means for a typical 60,000 novel it will take me 600 days, or just shy of two years. Two years … on second thoughts I might wait until I have more spare time – I don’t think I could remember what I wrote at the start of the book if it took me that long to write.

Writing Good Cliffhangers

My favorite author is Dean Koontz. In particular, I absolutely love his Odd Thomas books. Apart from being a brilliant writer and a master at suspense, I think Dean is one of the best cliffhanger writers I've read. A good cliffhanger (in my … [Continue reading]

What’s next for me?

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You may have noticed a lack of updates on this blog, and no new books. I have plans on writing more books soon, but first I wanted to increase my writing craft skills before I write something new. Rabbit Farm was my first novel. And as you would … [Continue reading]

I did it. I changed the cover of Rabbit Farm

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I showed you yesterday how I was playing around with a new cover idea for Rabbit Farm, and how I was thinking of changing it. Well, I gave my designer a quick glace over it, and he took it to the next level. I absolutely love it. I also decreased … [Continue reading]

Changing Covers

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I'm contemplating changing the cover of Rabbit Farm. While I like the current cover, and I had it professional designed, I'm concerned that it doesn't convey Horror novel. The only way people would be willing to take a look at it, is if they … [Continue reading]

Rabbit Farm is Live #finally

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My first novel, Rabbit Farm, is now official available for sale. It is available at Amazon, Apple iBooks, & Kobo, and should be up on Barnes & Noble in a few weeks (they take a bit longer).  View retailers here >> It's ebook only … [Continue reading]

Title Change for the Zombie Novel

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Got all the feedback and glorious red marks back from the editor a few weeks ago, and I have to say, I can definitely see where my money is going, she is marvelous and her changes have only made my novel all the more better. But one of the major … [Continue reading]

Zombie? finished

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Last night I high fived myself (harder than it sounds) because I finally finished Zombie? and was really excited.  The rest of the family thought I had gone bonkers, but surely they knew I already was? I have to admit that finishing a new novel … [Continue reading]

Editor Booked In

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My second draft is going much better than I thought it would, and I'm already about a third through the book fixing it up. I've booked the editor, which means I have to finish the manuscript within two weeks.  It should be enough time, as long as … [Continue reading]

Finished First Draft of Zombie

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Yesterday I finished the first draft of Zombie [working title].  I was expecting to feel super pleased, like something momentous would happen once I hit the save button.  But after a little internal high-five moment, the feeling passed pretty … [Continue reading]