Friday, January 17, 2014

The truth about authors

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

There are a lot of misconceptions about authors. First of all, that we're all rich.  ROTFLMAO!!  Who came up with that one?  An author might have a good year once in a blue moon, but for the most part, many of us still have day jobs. (I'm lucky.  I'm not in that category...anymore.  And who'd hire me, anyway?)

Unless your name is Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, or Danielle Steele, chances are you're a midlist author.  That means you can keep writing and selling books, but if they tank, you change your name and start allllll over again.  (So if you like a series--keep buying it.  Save an author from obscurity.)

Another, is that we all live fascinating lives.  (Pardon me while I laugh hysterically once again.)


Most of us live lives, if not of quiet desperation (see above and not being multi-millionaires like Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, or Danielle Steele), then of tedious boredom. Perhaps that's why we have such vivid imaginations.  We live vicariously through our characters.  Most days we sit staring at a blank computer screen, waiting for the muse to visit.

This weekend, the big excitement around my house will be ... wait for it .... taking down the Christmas tree!  It might actually be a 2-day ordeal, since I not only wrap every ornament in tissue paper (and there are a LOT of ornaments on my 7' tree), but I have to take off each and every individual light enhancer.  (They go around the tree lights and make them shine twice as bright.)

What other myths about authors have you heard?