A couple months ago, I was on Kboards and came across this thread asking what motivates us to keep writing and publishing. I started to jot down my ideas and realized I was crafting a short blog post about my five reasons for continuing this path. So I decided to share it here. I’d be interested to know what your motivations are for publishing. Comment below to tell me yours!
Indie publishing is something I want to make a career out of someday, like a lot of people. Persistence is key to success in this case. Even if each of your books are ho-hum sellers, the more you have out, the more money you make. In order to maintain this persistence, I need to be motivated by several factors.
First off, the writing. I love to create stories and characters and worlds. Creating character sketches and plot ideas and fleshing them out on my computer is addictive to me. I love it when I see the word count increase and the page number go up as I dive deeper into my imagination to write something people will hopefully enjoy reading.
Second, the vanity. I want to see my book on Amazon. I want to see the paperback copy in my hands with my name on the cover and know that it was me, myself, and I that created that book. It’s a dream I’ve been chasing since I was 12 years old and the fact that it’s coming true is incredible.
Third, the sense of accomplishment. I cringe to tell people I’m a writer because they usually scoff and say, “That’s nice,” like it’s my little pet project hobby. And sure, right now it is, but some day I’ll have a bookshelf full of my books. It’s a tangible reward for the time and effort I put into created these stories. I want people to stop and check out my book because the cover is eye-catching or the blurb draws them in. There are so many different genres and stories I want to tell that my books are bound to catch someone’s attention.
Fourth, the money. I’m so far in the hole with student loan debt that I would love to pay that off while still living comfortably. If I don’t add a supplementary income, I will continue to struggle to keep my head above water financially. Someday, I’d also like to buy a house and start a family. My finances will determine how feasible that is. I know indie publishing won’t make me rich, but with any luck I’ll be able to pay off my student loans and live off of my modest writing income.
Fifth, I have dreams. You never know where your experiences will take you. I want to leave my mark in my family, friends, and community. I want to be remembered when I’m dead and in order for that to happen I need to take risks, try new things, and experiment. That starts with writing, who knows where it’ll go from there? There are indie authors traveling the world as speakers, others are making their books into movies independently. I might follow in the same footsteps or take on a new path. Like I said, you never know.
So those are my five motivations. These are the things running through my mind as I’m putting the final touches on manuscripts, deciding book covers, and picking release dates. A lot of times it’s a test of patience, but I’m hoping it’ll pay off in the end.
What motivates you?