My novel was published through Createspace, and I’m rather pleased with the entire process. Createspace is a related to Amazon, which means that any stories you publish through there, become available on Amazon and on Kindle. There are no costs. I didn’t pay a thing. Createspace provided me with free templates for me to paste my stories into, and with Flash wizards to create a cover and proof my book. I could have ordered a free proofread copy of my book, but since it would be printed in the US, it would have taken a long time to get here. I can monitor and edit everything that happens on my book’s amazon page, the sales, the reviews, and the description of the book.
All in all, I’m happy that I live in these modern times where publishing a book is no longer only for people with a professional agent, or for people who flawlessly and patiently jump through all the hoops that the Real Publishers prescribe before they even let their interns read the manuscript. They call it the Slushpile, and we struggling new writers should be grateful when we are elevated from it at their magnanimous whim. Publishers are a lot like music labels. I’m so glad I can just publish my own stories now.
Writers are not like Richard Castle. Most writers, even if they have published a number of relatively popular books, struggle to get by financially. Jim Hines wrote a blog about his income every year, just to give people an idea of the money a writer makes, and last year he created a survey.
My favourite writer is Lois McMaster Bujold, because of this book. It is by far the most beautiful book I have ever read. And yes, I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman and Patrick Rothfuss too. That’s not my point. My point is that you’ve probably never heard of my favourite book before. Writing an amazing book does not guarantee fame, nor an income. Writers are just like other artists: misunderstood and mostly broke.
I write because it is possibly the only thing I am really passionate about: writing a good story. I am lucky to have found more than one medium; I also write larp plot sometimes. I have no hope of ever being able to sustain myself financially by just writing, which makes me feel like work is a chore I have to do so I don’t have to live in poverty while I write more stories.