When I spent some time with my writing friends the main topic these days is: writing and money, and money and writing.
Often the conversation begins along the lines of how their writing is progressing and how their blogs are growing and what they are doing with their freelance careers. Inevitably, someone will ask “What did you make on your last assignment?”
Then next list of numbers, often mumbled, involves either complaints from others about what they are doing– and not making- or what this person is doing- an making or not making.
Since I’ve been writing a lot more, I have learned something. It is about money, in the sense that if you are planning a freelance career, money is an issue you cannot ignore.
So, “betcha” a conversation about writing will always turn to making money… or the lack of money thereof. The question one should ask is why? Why are you making what you are making and why is someone else making what they are making.
I suggest that it is not a lack of money, but a lack of expertise and that often new writers compare themselves to other more established authors, and do not ask what it takes to be a better writer, and get that book published..