I’ve read articles and author comments about getting in the game of writing for financial gain. It’s near impossible they say and I believe them. I completely believe them. Upwards to one million books are published every year in the United States alone. Near half of these are self-published, according to my research.
I’m writing a novel about a virus that leaves people rather ravenous and zombie-like. The virus is spread in Baltimore City, one of the cities I enjoyed living in for many years. To prevent the spread of contamination the government walls in the city and manages to keep it at bay. This means we have an isolated and contained apocalypse. Think: The Walking Dead meets The Truman Show.
I couldn’t even tell you how many books are published each year with zombies as the main focus or even broader how many dystopian novels. I’m sure it’s thousands. What will put my book above those? Why will readers want to read my book instead of someone else’s grisly tale? I have no flipping idea! And I’m not sure that I care to measure myself next to other authors.
What I do know is this book is fun to write, it’s been well received by beta readers, and I hope local Baltimorians will get a kick out of it. I’m not writing to become a billionaire, though if that happened I wouldn’t turn it down!
A common question for writers is, why do you write? My answer is simple, it’s because I want to. It feels good. I’m a creator so therefore I must create. Writing is a constant learning process and a way to express myself. I get to try new things, paint my deepest fears and desires on paper, and share it with the world.