Notes from An Alien

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It Isn’t About Money . . .


My work as a writer isn’t about making money. If I make some, cool. The fact is I still give my book away even though it’s for sale. It’s not like I don’t want to make money but I do want folks to read the book, whether it sells well or not.

My writing is about giving something to the world–Lord knows I’ve taken enough :-)

I live on a small military pension and I’m working to promote my recent novel amidst the arrival of over 2,000 new books per day.

All I have to invest in getting the word out is my time. So, I spend it lavishly

My most recent time-recipient is Google Plus, the newest social networking platform.

One of the people I interact with there is Sarah Hendrix. She is, in her own words, a “Writer who specializes in letting the characters take the story in their direction, not hers.” Now that  I can understand :-)

In her recent blog post, It isn’t about money, she, in her own way, speaks my mind on the value of the investment of effort, care, and purpose, rather than money.

Do read Sarah’s post. You’ll be making a good investment of your time………
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4 responses to “It Isn’t About Money . . .

  1. Simone Benedict August 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    The link you give for the blog post was worth the read. Thanks for sharing it.

    After writing a short story and receiving a check for it many years ago, I thought it would be fun to see how much I’d made per hour of my time. As I remember it was less than 50 cents. And I felt a degree of satisfaction over that.

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai August 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Great comment, Simone :-)

    I just got a $32.00 royalty check for Notes from An Alien and, though not much hard cash, it was a awesome uplift to my spirits

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  3. elizabethnicoleblog August 14, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Same here…only my reasons aren’t as noble as yours…I just write because it’s fun and share if by some weird chance someone waaants to check it out. —-Also you deserve every penny! Your writing is wonderful…I’m very proud of you~ :D

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  4. Alexander M Zoltai August 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    nicole,

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with writing for the sheer joy of it. Perhaps, on my most stressed days, when word-wrangling becomes weird or the never-ending attention to book promotion seems like a completely thankless task, I may wish I didn’t have to struggle with my “noble” intentions. Still, I do have my clear joys and shining rewards, even when the money is low :-)

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