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The old adage is true, it takes money to make money. Nothing is for free. During the housing crisis a few years ago there was a woman who was being foreclosed on. She needed money right away and decided to sell cakes, because that’s what she did best. She sold a few to her neighbors with the story of “I”m doing this or I’ll lose my house.” Who wouldn’t buy a cake? She sold more than enough to pay off her house and start a new business.
Writing a book is not free. You spend time writing, spend money editing (if you’re smart), and spend money on a cover (also if you’re smart). All to have someone rate your book with one star after reading the first and last page. And once that happens you can’t go to your neighbor and say buy my book or I’ll lose my car.
Most authors are not millionaires, heck, most writers don’t even make minimum wage. But that’s not why we write, right?
Wrong! — At least according to a conversation I had with a person I was beta reading for. He said he was ready to quit his job to write full time. He is so sure he has a winning novel that within two months of him releasing this book he knows he will be making more than what he’s making now. He tells me “It takes money to make money. If I invest in advertising to get the word out that should be all I need. Word of mouth will take care of the rest.”
Sometimes no matter how much money it takes, if you have a mediocre product, it won’t matter. No matter how much you invest in an editor or even if your cover is museum quality, if the book is about llama toenail cutting it won’t make you a millionaire. Of course I could be wrong, vampires are out and llamas are in?
Yes it takes money to make money, but if you don’t have the product or don’t make the right decisions then it won’t matter.
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