The Top Ten Signs Your Writing Career is Circling the Drain
How is your writing career doing? It can be difficult to tell. What are the benchmarks of a successful career for a writer? Whom should we compare ourselves to? What should we expect?
I am here to help. As a long-time struggling writer, editor, writing teacher and coach, I have come up with a quick list to help you test the health of your career. Here they are: The Top 10 Signs Your Writing Career is Circling the Drain.
# 10. Your bar tab is bigger than your last royalty payment.
# 9. Your editor just sent you an ad for culinary school.
# 8. Oprah’s people called — to demand that you “cease and desist” from sending her copies of your novel.
# 7. Your latest gig: fortune cookies.
# 6. Your agent wants to borrow $100 for rent.
# 5. Your publishing company is the subject of a hostile take-over by Big Larry’s Plumbing Service.
# 4. Walmart has a special: Your book free with every purchase of beef jerky.
# 3. The only people at your last reading were two college students who thought it was a reading from Fifty Shades of Grey.
# 2. Publishers Weekly praises your latest book for its “deeply moving and profoundly powerful font.”
And the # 1 sign your writing career is circling the drain: Your Amazon sales rank has more digits than the distance to Pluto.