Writing on the weekends, through holidays, late at night — never mind all the marketing, business admin, and various other sundry, tedious tasks — I’m constantly amazed at the hours my fellow authors put in.
It’s not to say traditionally published authors don’t work hard, too (because I know they do!). But independent writers have the added job of coordinating editing, cover design, formatting . . . basically, running their own publishing business. It’s an all-consuming task that quite easily could take up every hour of every day.
But despite the tough work, there’s a sense of joy about it. Because everything indie authors do, we do for us. We’re in charge: we set the time-lines, create our product, determine the price, receive the royalties. There’s a sense of pride and accomplishment accompanying that; a feeling I didn’t experience with the same intensity when I was traditionally published. It’s what drives me to keep at it when formatting goes funky, my tax spreadsheet crashes, or I just can’t seem to get across the cover concept I want.
What keeps you moving forward when the going gets tough?