Okay, I’m sure this has been done before (and probably better than I’ll ever do it), but suck it up, Buttercup.
We could talk for days about the things no one really considers when pursuing publishing, but today let’s talk time. Yes, time.
You see, most of us little writer types go into this gig dreaming of the time we’ll be able to flip our day job boss the bird and make a living off the blood, sweat, and tears we pour into our books. And sometimes, if you’re lucky and bust ass and put the time and effort and the plethora of other shit that goes into getting published, you are able to take that step.
Which is awesome. Pat yourself on the back. You’ve made it. Now it’s time to spend your days in Starbucks, sipping your coffee of choice while making insane word counts because you’re no longer tied into a 40hr week doing something else.
Yeah. Not so much.
You know what comes with being published? A whole lot of shit that never would have pranced through your starstruck mind. I know this because I had no freaking idea and I’d been chasing the dream for YEARS.
That blog you have? Well, it’s no longer professional enough. Upgrade. Your book’s coming out? Guess what? If you’re lucky, your publisher has put the time and effort into pushing promo for you (which you will have to put time and effort into as well). If you’re not? That’s all on you, Cupcake. That email account you used to stalk in hopes of seeing The Letter? Now it’s overflowing with business stuff that has nothing to do with the actual writing of your book.
A lot of people – myself included – walk into this under the mistaken impression that all you have to worry about is the words you put on the page. And that’s a huge ass deal, because if your book is crap, people aren’t going to buy it. But once you have that beautiful little publishing contract, the writing/editing/etc of a book becomes only PART of the process.
I know you’ve heard this before, darlings, but hear it again.
Publishing is a whole shit-ton of WORK. Really hard, occasionally depressing as all get out, WORK.
That said, I think it's totally worth it.