On Finding Success As A Writer, by Jenn J Mcleod

Writing Novels in Australia

John Farnham once sang, One Is the Loneliest Number. A writer will disagree. For an author the number ‘one’ is not lonely at all. Being #1 is the ultimate: #1 bestselling author, #1 ranking on Amazon, etc.

Some authors will find world domination and many #1’s during their careers. For the rest of us this business is less Lucky, Lucky, Lucky and more Workin’ 9 to 5. Despite the rapidly changing publishing game there’s probably only room for one J.K. Rowling and one E.L. James in a lifetime (I hope I’m wrong) which means turning your passion into a career will not make you famous or rich, so don’t let either be your motivation. (As my character Maggie says to her son in Simmering Season, “you can find fame by doing all the wrong things”.) Rather than fame and fortune, chase your dream because the very thought of no…

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