Word Count: 29,654
Sentence of the Day: "We may be a dead house, but we ain't no fleetin' fly-by-night kind of joint."
FACT: Only 10% of writers make a living solely by writing books. That figure includes every title sold in every category, not just Christian.
What's your gut reaction to that? Horrified or relieved? Let's visit each of these campgrounds and see where you pitched your tent.
This is the doom and gloom kind of reaction. Discovering that only 1 out of 10 writers actually make enough moolah to survive is a kidney punch to your dream. You wonder if it's seriously true, and if it is, then you're taking your ball and going home, never to write again. You feel it's a waste of time to pound out thousands of words if their monetary value is less than a pack of gum. Writing is stupid. You're done.
Camp Yippee! I'm not alone!
If after reading that 9 out of 10 authors slapped a smile on your face and added a bounce to your step, then you are a writer at heart. Writing is more than a paycheck. It's air. And it's a comfort to know that there are many, many others out there who write for peanuts just like you. This fact doesn't deter you in the least from typing your fingers to the bone day after day.
So...which camp are you in? Personally, my orange nylon shelter is staked at Camp Yippee.