Absolutely. I'm 36 years old and have been writing since the 6th grade. However, I've only looked into publishing for the last three. Writing for me is a stress reliever and something I enjoy for its own sake. When I married in 2005, my wife discovered just how many books I'd written and liked what I'd written so she began to "encourage" me to publish. The road has been long and educational. I've attended conferences, workshops, the whole 10 yards, but the market is lean right now because the economy is (I'll not get into politics just now :P ).
So currently I'm considering self-publish on Kindle and other e-readers. We'll see. But even if this all comes to naught, I'd still write because I'm in love with the process itself.
Sure wish I started when I was your age. I might be a well-known author now!
I didn't start in the 6th grade, but when I got out of the army in 1957. Thankfully I kept some of my work, and it made it into my writings today, of course in a new and different form.
On Lulu.com, my self-publishing company for print books, I average between 40 - 80 printed books per month. During the holidays it is even higher. I do not make a living at it, but it is good extra income. When I first started 8 - 9 years ago, I was tickled to get $30 a year income from books. Now I average about $2000 +/- a year. This is only the beginning, I feel.
So keep typing! Create it and they (the readers and buyers) will come; right?
I can't not write. It's in my blood, you see.
If I wasn't getting sales I would go back and see what went wrong and fix it. I'm not a quitter. I would just go away and write until the market got more active, like around Halloween and then flood the market with my new books. http://www.antellus.com/
There is nothing better for me to do, since apparently the jewelry market has gone flat and I've got stuff up on the site and I'm editing another book at the moment, so no time to really push it. Too busy pushing the other books to focus on jewelry. I'm all ready for fall but no sales of the new stuff so far. It's back to school already. Didn't we just celebrate the 4th of July? Like that. I have no time to languish and be sad about things I have no control over.
I know everyone's going to scream at me now for devaluing e-books when I say this next bit . Aaaaaahhhh! There you go, I did it for you.
I don't think my work is good enough to be in print. I got rejected by four agents, so it can't be. I would like people to read it, so I went down the self-publishing route, but hard copy books are "special" and it would be audacious of me to get them printed.
Did I mention I also suffer from low self-esteem - LOL.
I also wanted to respond to one of the other posts about characters. Oh yes, my characters are my "babies". (My other babies - I have three real ones). I totally relate to the post about breathing life into them and giving them the opportunity to exist. That is not a "wacky" thing to say at all. I think many readers become "friends" with characters - one of the reasons why people enjoy a series. Sometimes readers even seem to forget characters are fictional - tourists asking where Sherlock Holmes lived etc. IMO the best books are the ones where the characters come to life.
Thanks for your morning response. Were you up early this morning [b]writing[/b]?
I was up about 3:30 but haven't typed yet (except here and now) ... But I did wake with a thought how to complete a section in a book that I am trying to bring to a close. I love it when I take a question into my dream world and wake next morning with the answer!!
To tell the truth, I am so new to this eBook thing that I really don't know what to feel about it. I still love the feel of a book in my hand.
In the beginning (back in 2002) I wanted a book in my hand that I wrote and wasn't about to depend on an agent to say either yes or no. A friend told me about Lulu and that's history now. As I said, the nice thing about Lulu you don't dish out any money up front to use their services. You only pay for the books you purchase to look over your own work. Try it, if only for an experiment. Nothing like holding one of your books in your hand ... at least that is how I feel about it.
I already received some feedback from a friend that purchased one of my eBooks. He did not like that my Contents page was not hot wired to the chapters. I know how to do it, but I decided not to. A writer's choice, or a hold over from the printed book??
OK ... now I leaving to go and work on my new book.
I know you put this question to Theresa, but I will put in my two cents. "Writer's block".....OMG yes. I hate it when my fingers hover over the keyboard, not knowing where to land; get up, walk away, come back, etc., etc. That's when it's time to get the mind on something entirely different and see where it goes. Of course, those brilliant 'unblocked' moments usually occur at 2 a.m. but that's why it's good to keep a pen and paper near the bed or whatever kind of device is available these days (most are too techie for me).
Are you having a good time on this Forum? Looks like you are! Good on ya!
4 agents is not a sufficient to determine the quality of your book. Stephen King was rejected over a hundred times before someone picked up his first book. The market is down right now because the economy is tough (I'm REALLY trying to avoid politics here). You just have to keep trying if that's the route you want to go. Go to agent conferences in your area, join local author/review groups, etc. A lot of work goes into getting that first book polished enough that the agents will take notice.
If you really want a book in print (without an agent) do you know you can use CreateSpace? I guess it can't hurt to take a look; read everything then decide. You can also use them to make a book cover. The only downside is that unless you select the ProPlan (most do) you don't have too much control over pricing your book and that can be high. ProPlan is $39 per book but gives you more options. I still have my book Mission Critical available as a paperback. Also, I believe they've extended their plan where you don't have to pay for proofs, so it might be a good time. You don't have to register in order to review the site. Hope this helps.