Coffee Break 9
Can you believe it’s now nine weeks since we started this quest? Now the bulbs are out, the birds are hanging out by my window, and I think we've all added some words. It's excellent to see so many positive comments on how we’re helping each other – and also that we might be making it into Writers’ News.
I’ve had a better week for words, and intend to try for even more in the coming week to meet my target of reaching 70,000 by the end of the month! I’m also entering the pre-publicity phase for my new book, so that’s going to reduce writing time if I get some commissions for features. I am also pondering setting up a mini blog where people fess up to their fears and phobias because that’s the subject of the book – what do you think? Waste of time, or potentially fun?
I’ve also been reading a couple of terrific pieces online – the first is about the reality of writing, and writers’ earnings, and should be compulsory reading for all would-be authors. Amongst the facts in the piece, it reveals:
The average author earns about £16,000, a third less than the national average
wage. But hidden behind that figure released by the Authors' Licensing and
Collecting Society (ALCS) is a grimmer truth: when you take away the superstars
who are earning shedloads, the actual figure for the rest is closer to £4,000
Not to say you can’t make a living from this business, but this accurately depicts the likely financial pickings.
The second one really made me laugh because this sums up how I feel sometimes about the insecurities and neuroses of being a writer, especially the feeling of sibling rivalry. Alain de Botton describes a visit to his publisher…
Then there is the neediness. Whatever the reason for the Penguin visit, the
author really wants to know one thing: do you still love me? It’s an irrational
feeling of course, but – isolated, self-doubting, self-hating, on the brink of
disaster at all times – the author needs dramatic doses of reassurance in order
to make it to the desk every morning.
Anyone else recognise those feelings? And how was your week?