Writing can mean different things to different people. For some, it is nothing more than an occasional hobby, whilst for others writing is a way of tracking or venting emotions, fostering creativity or even a mere chore reserved for work e-mails and company newsletters. However, for many of the 45 thousand book authors in the United States, writing is a way of life, a source of income and indeed a long-term career, but pursuing such a career is not easy.
A survey revealed that 66 percent of emerging authors also work day jobs to support their income, and everything from book cover design to editing services must be considered, researched, negotiated and paid for. Making a name for oneself in any creative industry is notoriously tough, and the road to publication is rarely smooth. More than eight percent of young adult authors reported being rejected one hundred times or more by a publisher before securing their first book sale, and many authors struggle to sell their books even with the help of a literary agent.
Whilst working in such a competitive field can be difficult, success is still celebrated and new avenues are opening up which allow emerging authors to achieve recognition. Many authors are opting to self-publish via digital platforms rather than waiting to be noticed by larger houses – a smart idea given the rise in demand for and popularity of audio and e-books in recent years. Print publishing revenues are inevitably affected by this, however the global move away from print and towards digital formats means that there has been and will continue to be significant side effects evident within almost all traditional markets.
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