Kayla Hicks - Author Kayla Hicks - Author

Making Money as an Author Takes Time

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Making a living off of your writing isn’t a likely outcome

As difficult as it is to hear it, making a living off of your writing is a tough feat.

I don’t say this to discourage you, but to place this little bit of advice in the back of your mind.

Why? Because the dream of simply writing for a living isn’t what we think it is. To achieve this dream of writing for a living, we need to factor other means into our writing career.

  • Copywriting

  • Freelance writing

  • Ghostwriting

  • Blogging

  • Teach courses

I add all of these because beginning a career in writing means that you need to supplement your income in other ways.

Most writers don’t see income start to trickle in until they have 3 to 5 books under their name.

And, even if you manage to achieve this, the income coming your way is slow at first.

This is because readers are beginning to hear you even exist in the writing world. Whether this is through reviews from other readers, bloggers, social media, or it is from a Little Free Library. The point of this all is, that it takes time to build yourself up.

Because once you manage to start gaining income from your writing, that money should go directly back into tools to help build yourself up.

Meaning the money you earn is going to be placed back into editing, advertisements, and purchasing ARC books for your next release if you are writing books.

However, with all of this being brought to your attention, know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Being a true writer means that you are willing to do what it takes to get yourself out there and have your name known.

Although it may take a few books, know that the longer you keep plugging away at creating content, the higher your chance of succeeding is. The higher a chance you have at growing your reader base. And the higher the chance you have at achieving your dream.

Even if the road is a little bumpy, don’t give up.