I have always felt that if you love what you do, no matter what your profession, the money will follow. Perhaps this is idealistic, but I have seen it happen numerous times. I truly love helping writers develop their work and their careers and think this has resulted in some exciting business successes. I have also seen this phenomenon time and again with my own clients in their writing.
When she began as a novelist, Mary Doria Russell took ten years to create her now-classic work The Sparrow with little expectation that she would become a bestselling author. I know the same is true of Jacqueline Carey who has produced an amazing nine-book fantasy series. David Morrell, a former college professor wrote out of pure love for his craft, and has developed incredibly memorable stories and characters, most notably Rambo. Indeed, David told me recently that when he speaks to groups of writers, he is always talking about writing for love as opposed to money. He agrees with me that this very often results in real successes.
Then there is one of our newest clients, John Locke who self-publishes electronically. John does not consider that he is a professional writer and yet he truly loves creating the tales he does. And his is an incredible success story with close to 800,000 copies of his books sold just this year.
Indeed, as I was thinking about all of this and looking for other examples, I found this one which says it all. Bloggers begin by writing because they love writing and not to sell books necessarily, but look what happened here.
What are your writing for love stories?