Nathan Bransford always has the most interesting posts. His latest one is about the apparent fact that every second person these days is writing a book and questions why this might be.
For a start, I think media has a lot to answer for in this. With authors like JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, etc, etc who rose from relative obscurity to become best-selling, richer-than-the-queen-of-England authors with smash hit movies being talked about all over the place, well, I guess its kind of like winning the lotto. Its the dream. Fame and fortune and being viewed as a creative genius. Lets face it, who wouldn't want that?
I've been doing this for many, many years now and while the thought of what monetary windfall I might get from having my books published isn't bad, the thought of being famous, of being a household name, of having my photo taken because I happen to walk into a shop and buy a new handbag scares the bejesus out of me. I don't want that. No way, no how. Even the thought of getting 'fan mail' wiggs me out. I write because I'm compelled to, its in my blood. I try to get published because when I get a little buzz out of something I've written, or something I've read of another author's, I want to share that with people. I don't expect to make very much money when I do finally get published, because that's not the reason I'm here. I guess there's no right or wrong reason to do any of this, but for me thoughts of fame and fortune are the last things I expect from my hard work.