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Lies Writers Tell Themselves (And, Each Other…)

Actually, I was going to call this post Meet Some Successful Unpublished Authors.


The list I’m going to recommend includes a few published authors

Still, I want to bring up something I said in the past post, Are You A Successful, Unpublished Author?, because the Interviews you can read have a number of them.

What the heck am I talking about, you ask?

O.K., first I’ll reproduce a bit of that past post:

“Try this conversation on for size:


Jane:  “So, you’re a writer, are you, Sarah?  Where are you published?”

Sarah:  “Actually, I’m glad you asked.  You see, I’ve chosen not to publish my work as yet.”

Jane:  “Oh.  Okay.  Well, why is that?”

Sarah:  “I don’t want to just publish anything.  I want to really hone my craft.  I’m serious, you see, like Van Gogh.  Did you know that he only sold three paintings in his lifetime?  But think how he’s affected the world.”

Jane:  “Wow, I didn’t know that!  But I guess it makes good sense.  So, what are you working on at the moment?”


“That chat between Jane and Sarah, from grub street daily, is just one example of how a successful writer who has yet to publish can reshape the conversation about what they’re up to :-)

“The article over on grub street is Pep Talk: Ways to Announce That You’re a Successful, Unpublished Writer (And Have The World Agree).”


I bring all this up because I have 46 Author Interviews on this blog

And, I should mention another past post—What Are A Writer’s Odds of “Success”?

In that post, there was this quote:

“Pollsters report more than 80 percent of Americans would like to be an author, and in 2011 statisticians counted 329,259 books published in the United States, and 2.2 million books published in the world. Google estimates 130 million books have been published in human history.”

And, the quotes:

“As instructive as all this is, the odds of any author making it big remain very long, rejected or not. Nielson Bookscan reported in 2004 that of 1.2 million books tracked, only 25,000 – barely more than 2 percent – sold more than 5,000 copies.

“In 2006, Publisher’s Weekly said the average book sells less than 500 copies.”

So, most of the authors who’ve already published are still not successful in the sense the media loves

So, to sum up, do go look over the list of Author Interviews and read one or two; and, odds are, you’ll find a Successful Unpublished Author

And, from that past post that links to grub street, here are some lies to consider:

1. You’re only a successful writer if you’re published by paying markets, such as the magazines that you can buy in Barnes & Noble.

2. You’re only a successful writer if you’ve published a book-length work with a big publishing house.

3. It is hard to write a book, but if it is good, you’ll easily get it published and earn money from the royalties.

4. If you don’t publish a book, you can’t write very well and you’re certainly not a professional.

5. If you’re not earning large amounts of money, you’re not successful in terms of your career.

6. If you self-publish, it means you aren’t talented and/or professional.
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4 responses to “Lies Writers Tell Themselves (And, Each Other…)

  1. Wendell A. Brown July 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

    You always hit the nail on the head with your messages…God bless my friend!


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