The Biggest Problem That Publishers Have With Writers - Part Two

We’re talking about the biggest problem that publishers have with writers — not technical errors or anything like that, but the fact that the writer often has unreal expectations about getting published and what follows. This is not to blame writers at all for having those expectations - I have had them myself. Of course, writers work hard on their work and want success. But observation and research into what happens after publication reveal some interesting patterns. These in turn lead to a better set of expectations which can actually be made to come true.

Success in any line of work is rarely immediate. From professional football to accountancy, a good level of income is normally preceded by years of preparation and training.

So what is a realistic timetable for writers?

Remember, you’re talking about a career in which, sitting by yourself with minimal equipment, you create products out of the thin air of your imagination, formed out of words that you have chosen, and then handed over to technicians to shape into a book. To expect that this process will yield instant cash is very much like the ancient alchemists expecting to transform lead into gold overnight And for many writers, the process is equally arcane and mysterious.

But it can be done, provided that you can adjust your expectations and timeframe. It’s a case of careful and long-term planning, as well as persistence and purpose.

What follows is a proposed strategy for turning writing into a viable career. It will require patience, persistence and passion to pull off. You might be able to take a few short cuts, and there is always, of course, the possibility that you w