One of my most common sayings lately has been, “Do you know what the difference is between an author and a large pizza?” The answer is, “A large pizza can feed a family of four!”
Sad, but oh so true. I once ran into a kid down at Havelock Park who said, “Geesh, with all the books you’ve sold over the years, why do you still live in Havelock?”
He had mistakenly read something on Amazon which indicated they had sold over 2.9 million books, and he thought it applied to my books! I wish! But the fact of the matter is, although I’ve been writing, editing, typesetting and publishing my own books for the past 15 years, I am still no closer to my goal of being a full-time writer. I still work for a local printer as a courier/delivery driver, and every month I struggle to make ends meet.
I once joked that if someone kidnapped me and demanded a large ransom, I was going to be out of luck. Yes, let me know how that one worked out, okay?
My friend once bought me a T-shirt which said, “When my ship finally comes in, I’ll probably be at the airport!”
So, this writing and publishing books is not a get-rich-quick-plan. It is a lot of hard work and once in a while, I get a letter or a word of encouragement that keeps me going just one more mile down this long roadway.