I am always looking for advice from authors as I try to become a published author myself. I think almost ever writer (whether they admit it or not) dreams that they’ll have their book published by a big company, offered a huge advance and become an over night best seller.
The more you read other author blogs, the more you see what the reality of being an author is. Not everyone, even authors published by a big company, is supported by their writing alone, and still have to work part time. And Some of the best books I read have low sales.
I have discovered a great post by Tobias Buckell, a science fiction author, that writers should read on what life is like for a lot of authors. you can check it out at:
It’s worth checking out his other helpful posts while you’re there, which include things like ‘How much is the advance on a first novel’.