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?


Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

This is such a great post! So many people think we are 1) absurdly rich 2) wildly famous and 3) spend our time happily jetting around the world to our various mansions! The other day, a caller said to me in astonishment, "I can't believe you answer your own phone!" (I guess they've been watching too much Downton Abbey and thought I had a fleet of servants sitting around, waiting to do my bidding.

grammajudyb said...

I am not an author, so no real response. Except I do know that writers are intelligent, caring, usually fun loving people. And you don't want to make one mad, you might end up dead in their next book !! Ha ha ha ha!. My granddaughter and daughter in law are both aspiring writers and that's what I know about them. *smile*

SueAnn said...

I really cannot think of a "myth" far back as I can take my memory..all I knew about authors, was they were could contact them only thru their publishers. It blew my mind, once I began reading see every author had a web site, blog, FB, and I could e-mail them..and they would answer!! The web has made it a whole new world for readers to be able to meet their authors.I admire my authors...they take time out from their lives, to write.And write well.And knit, and cook, and bake!!! Just like normal folk! And until the web...I never knew WHAT authors did!!! Knowing my authors a me a better reading of their books..a little insight to who they are...I truly appreciate having that-it is a treat.

Aurian said...

Lol there was a tv show a long time ago, where one of the characters was an author, wandering the house in silk pajamas and a feathered boa. Of course you wear your own pajamas while writing, how about the boa?