Now that we are going through some economic turmoil, the new query vogue is for authors to mention their financial troubles and their hopes that they will be able to make money by writing.
I have a few thoughts.
1) This is hugely depressing
2) Step awaaaaaay from the computer
Yes, we’ve all heard the story of authors who were dressed in rags and eating cans of beans before they wrote a hit novel and became richer than oil barons.
But honestly, this is kind of like trying to resolve your financial problems by attempting to win the lottery. Only a lottery ticket costs a dollar and doesn’t take hundreds of hours to buy.
There is no such thing as getting rich quick in publishing. It takes forever! Let’s say you DO write a book that becomes a big hit. First you have to spend hours and hours and hours writing it, then you have to find an agent, then you have to find a publisher, then you get maybe half the advance, then you have to wait a long time until it’s published, then you have to wait for it to take off, then you have to wait for the royalty period to end and maybe four months after that the publisher will pay you. By the time your money actually comes in we could all be using some currency of the future and novels could be BEAMED DIRECTLY TO OUR HEADS.
But. At the very least, if you are trying to escape penury through publication, do not mention it in your query. I get enough bad news every time I open Publishers Lunch.
Wait. That was a depressing post. PUPPIES!!