What Are the REAL Odds of Being a Successful Author?

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I didn’t even consider becoming a writer until 1999 after my father passed away suddenly. Funny how death can make us take a hard look at life, right? Anyway, I recall feeling soooo overwhelmed. I mean my odds of even getting published were about as good as winning the lottery. And the odds of becoming a best-selling author? Well, mathematically speaking, I had a slightly greater chance of being mauled by a black bear and polar bear on the same day.

It was all I could do not to give up before I began.

But, after over 14 years doing this “writer thing,” I have a new perspective. Often it feels like we are the victims of fate, at the mercy of the universe, when actually it is pretty shocking how much of our own destiny we control. The good news is that…

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6 responses to “What Are the REAL Odds of Being a Successful Author?

  1. ladywinfred

    Hmmmm, nice kick in the britches, eh? AND a strong reality check. It really is all about commitment and hard work. Thanks for sharing.


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  2. Gary Lea

    This came along at the right time for me. I have finished my DVC course in short story writing. So, now, I am back to finding it difficult to find time to write. Somehow, when I had projects due, I found time to get them done. So, kick in the pants, indeed.

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  3. nevajhodges

    This is good. By the way I wrote “The End” on my novel in November. I’m in process of more editing and then it goes to beta readers!! Then mor work and on to copy editor.

    Sent from my iPhone


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