Goodbye and fairwell

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to everyone in the reading and writing community.

After so many years of trying to earn a living above the poverty line, I am finally putting my writing ambitions to bed.

This was a passion project for me, but because I wanted to give it the respect it deserved with professional production processes, it became a very expensive passion project.

This doesn’t mean that other authors can’t earn a living doing what they love. It just means I can’t.

When I took a step back and considered that I had earned an Arts degree, an Associate Degree of Creative Writing, and a Graduate Certificate in Publishing, it didn’t make any sense to continue to work 70 hours a week and continue to earn less than a sixteen-year-old MacDonald’s worker.

This is a madness that many writers suffer from.

I refuse to do it anymore.

And when I went out to look for a real job in a totally unrelated field, I was surprised I was received with open arms.

My skills were in demand. I was totally dumbfounded. Granted, the company I am working for is forward-thinking and progressive, but that is how it should be.

Me and my family have a future again.

I realized I was allowing myself and my talent to be exploited by the 0.99c-and-free-book thinking.

I was settling for pittances in return for all my hard work.

I now work 38 hours a week. I can pay my council rates now. I can afford to feed my family. I can even afford dental visits.

I realized writing had become an obsession, and I was asking my family to support that even though there was no return on investment. I made a loss of $5K last financial year.

Primarily, this occurred because I had become deluded that I was running a business, rather than feeding an obsession.

The digital landscape favors free books. That’s the main reason many authors can’t make a living.

As an example, I made one of my books free for 3 days, and I had 1700 downloads. Lol, I had no problem getting downloads when the damned book was free. I did not do any paid advertising for that free promotion. But I received no sales on the back of that free giveaway. People just want something for nothing, and they go from free book to free book.

And while the 20booksto50K formula may propel some authors into profit, I’ve seen many authors with 12-15 books who are still not earning anywhere near minimum wage after all expenses are paid. It means that writers are being taught that their talent isn’t worth anything.

And in actual fact, that is far from the truth.

And so, I am saying goodbye, and this is the reason.

The website will be taken down some time in December. I may publish a couple of books when I retire, but for now, all my writing projects have been placed on a permanent hold.

Comments

  • Terry says:

    Good luck with your next chapter, Georgia!

  • Sylvia Vago says:

    It is a brave and honest decision you have made. And also realistic. You have a great job thSt is taking the stress out of the financial burdens and you can always supplement with editing jobs. Best of luck with your future plans and love to your family.

  • Lina Catto says:

    Georgia – I understand completely where you are coming from, which is why my writing takes third place to my family and my work. It’s ok xxxx

  • C Clark says:

    fare well in your new venture. It is a sad sad thing that our skills are not valued by enough of the reading public.

  • Suzanne says:

    Very grand of you to step up and tell it like it is. I’m retired, so I use some of that time doing what I love. I get a part time income which is nice. All the best for your future. When it’s in your blood it never goes away. Until retirement. Who knows what’s ahead. Good luck. 🙂

  • Michelle Somers says:

    So sorry to see you go Georgia, but this sounds like the right decision for you and your family.
    Best of luck in the next chapter of your life, and I hope I’ll still see you around facebook.
    Michelle xx

  • Georgia Carter Mathers says:

    I should also say that one of the factors that contributed to my decision is the amount of people offering to show me how to be successful. And lol, it doesn’t even stop when you announce you’ve cut your losses and moved on. I even investigated a few of those offering answers. I did Mark Dawson’s 101 course. A waste of money for me. Some, who have no marketing skills at all, find it useful. For me, it contributed to my losses. And that is part of the problem with the self-publishing landscape–there is always someone who wants to show you the real way, the right way, the most successful way of making writing pay. Facebook ads, Amazon ads, newsletters. Admittedly, the newsletters were more successful, but the truth is that publishing can’t independently generate enough income to live on because the author is constantly cheapening their product. I hear an author cry out, “I got a Bookbub!!!” All their writing friends and readers rejoice. The author pays AUD$500-700 and then lowers the price of the book to 1.99 or .99 or whatever. Maybe they make money, but then they need another Bookbub, or the next Bookbub doesn’t make as much, and the author realizes that the Bookbub is dependent on lowering prices. How else can you sell a book? Lol. You see books are costly things for the author. They put time, money, and emotional energy into each book. But unless they market it continuously, the book just sits there. It matters little whether a physical book is produced or not. The truth is that I refuse to produce another book. It’s not because I can’t. I refuse to produce another book, only so that it can be cheapened. Regardless of genre, books are cultural pieces, not money-making vehicles, and I refuse to have my work cheapened.

  • Malvina says:

    All the very best for this new stage of your life! Enjoy that regular source of income!

  • Melissa Hunter says:

    I wish you the best in your next chapter in life love💜

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