Dancing to Dirges

Depressing and happy things Tim says, sometimes while drunk

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Glamor Glory and Fame

To distract myself, I'm working on this other thing. Well. I'm working on this other thing because it has a deadline, and I haven't written with a deadline in years. Anyway. And I find it distracting.

What I'm running in to is that I like the world I'm making, and I like the story I'm trying to tell, but I'm really not happy with the story I'm actually *writing*. I suspect that if someone else wrote what I've got so far and handed it to me, I'd say "Nice, but you haven't gotten to the beginning of the story yet." Actually, I know that's what I'd say. So that's a couple thousand words that I'm just throwing down the pit, trying to get it high enough that I can walk across.

Have you ever sat down and figure out how many books you'll need to sell to make a living? Don't. It's depressing. Or I'm bad at math. But I'm not bad at math...so there you go. Depressing.


At 12:23 PM , Blogger colin said...

"Have you ever sat down and figure out how many books you'll need to sell to make a living? Don't. It's depressing."

I had a similar moment when I tried to figure out how much art one would have to produce, and how much it would have to sell for, to make a living. Of course in my case it was a silly gesture to even contemplate it. (About one or two thousand dollars per picture, and they would have to sell like hotcakes, and be produced at similar speed.)

On the other hand, I do believe that you have the chops, or at least the potential, to make a run at that goal. Still, try to convince your wife not to quit her job as soon as the first royalty check comes.

At 12:37 PM , Blogger Tim Akers said...

You know my wife already works out of the house, right? That one of the unenviable hurdles I'm going to have to overcome at some point is self insurance. *shudder*

The only way you make it in this business is by pulling in royalties from multiple titles, so that their combined residuals are enough to keep you afloat. Leave it to me to take happy news and get glum about it.

At 4:00 PM , Blogger colin said...

How about optioning rights? I hear that's how WG keeps himself in Jettas and terrifically expensive reproductions of WWII flight jackets.

Or you could try celebrity endorsements. "Hi, I'm Tim Akers, world famous author. I'd like to talk to you about life insurance."


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