However, after reading through this particular Facebook post, I did a little digging. I discovered that it will actually take me 30 minutes a day--for 1 week—to become a bestselling author.
I must be doing this writing thing all wrong.
Back in July of 2010, I began writing the Mr. B Presents series (by hand, in a homemade notebook). FIVE YEARS LATER….Book 5, the final installment is 25% done, and I probably won’t touch it until January of 2016, because of running an independent publishing house, a YA lit-mag, going to book fairs, connecting with people at local books stores and online, building inventory for our soon-to-be indie author online bookstore, and READING & REVIEWING OTHER INDIE AUTHOR BOOKS.
Here’s an idea I had for a kids’ book.
Idea to finished product: 2 months.
Hours involved: 100? 200?
I can’t. My wife can’t. No single indie author I’ve met and spoken to, online or at book conferences can do it either. But then again, they didn’t watch the videos, now did they?
Here’s a dumb way to become a productive writer:
Write a short story.
Send it to a few lit mags.
Here’s another ridiculous way to become a writer:
Turn off the TV and sit down at a computer (or a notebook, if you prefer)
Finish 1st draft and then put it away.
Write another book.
If you can follow those simple steps, and find time to read a ton of books in your genre, edit, re-write, learn how to format eBook and paperback versions of your books, create an eye-catching cover, promote yourself, set up accounts for Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Smashwords, Sony, oh, and hone the craft of writing, then you will quite possibly become a successful writer.
You’ve got 2 hours.