There are thousands of writers out there who just recently hit the publish button on their computer and are eagerly anticipating the thousands of sales that will suddenly appear because of that little button. Unfortunately, most of them will be disappointed. New authors enter the game thinking that the one book they poured their heart into is going to be a best seller. It took a year or two years or five years to write that first book. If it’s not successful now, how on Earth could they think of putting another five years into writing?
But there’s a catch. It’s usually not the first book or the second book that catches fire. It’s the consistent release again and again of a new book every year. After years of persistence, one day at some point, the magic happens. If you’re not in it for the long haul, publishing will be an extremely disappointing venture. At least for most people. But persistence will win out.
Take a walk through your library. Or do a search online. Look at the best seller lists. These authors were not overnight successes. They usually have a couple dozen books behind them. And those are the books you see. They may have written a dozen romances under a pseudonym while honing their craft.
It’s not easy. It’s a full-time job, and it takes commitment, but the good news is–if you have persistence, you have a good chance of making it.