Open book blog hop – Book sales and writing

Even if you knew you would never sell another book, would you keep writing?

An interesting topic this week and one I’ve had to think about. I’ve reflected on this on and off all day as I work towards finalising the editing of my new novel, A Ghost and His Gold. This book has been a huge exercise for me with all the research and effort I’ve put in to try and ensure it ticks all the writing criteria. I’ve checked for filter words, read and re-read the dialogue, tied up a few loose strings that my editor pointed out, checked spelling and punctuation and generally spent many hours perfecting this book. Writing is a real labour of love and one most writers willingly do, even it they know they won’t necessary generate a lot of sales.

But no sales! None at all! Hmmm! I’m not sure if I would continue to write if I had absolutely no encouragement at all. My need in this regard doesn’t necessarily translate into sales, but I would like to believe that at least a few people out there read my work and enjoyed it. I find reviews quite rewarding and would not like to have absolutely none at all. I do believe I would find that disheartening and I’m not sure if I would put so much effort in if this was the case.

I tend to write about topics that one, interest me, and two, I am passionate about so I accept that I am unlikely to ever be traditionally published. I could never write to a formula or curtail my writing to fit a purely commercial mould. That being said, I like to think there is a market for unconventional and different books like mine.

I think I will always write poetry as it is like a pressure valve for me. It is a way for me to release emotional stress and strain that might otherwise result in confrontations or arguments that would serve no real purpose and produce no positive change in my life. Some things are just to big to change and you have to accept them in life.

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43 thoughts on “Open book blog hop – Book sales and writing

  1. That’s an interesting question, Robbie. If I had absolutely zero sales, I’d probably hang it up and find some other creative outlet. 🙂 How wonderful that you are giving so much time and detail to your new novel! Can’t wait to read it!

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  2. I don’t need tons of sales, although that would be nice, but I do need some sales. Sales validate what you are doing. My daughter is a potter and she loves what she does but she needs sales to keep her going. I consider my writing a business, and no one keeps a business going without any sales.

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  3. I enjoy getting the odd sale and I appreciate a good review. It means that I have an audience, however small. That said, my focus is on getting the words from my head and onto a page, there are always more of them trying to force their way in and it will get awfully crowded in there if I don’t keep making room.

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  4. that was an interesting read. I would think when you start out as a writer, it might take a while for the sales to take place. But if the sales started to fade away, that would seem disheartening. As for poetry, other than an occasional haiku, I don’t think it’s for me 🙂

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    1. This is true, Jim. I guess what I am saying is there needs to be forward momentum for me to make the effort of writing a book worthwhile. I write my books to share my ideas, even if a lot of readers don’t understand the full extent of my idea, they get the gist. I wouldn’t only do that for me. Poetry just comes to me. I arrives in my head, fully formed, and I pluck it out and write it down.

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  5. I didn’t have to think twice about the answer to this. Would I keep writing if I never sold another book? The answer is a resounding YES!!

    Getting read and having sales is the dream, but I’ve been crafting stories since I was six, because it’s something I HAVE to do. I need to write. It’s in my blood and I LOVE doing it. If no one but me ever read my work, I would still keep writing for my own enjoyment.

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  6. Yes.
    I’ve hardly made any sales on my debut book, so it wouldn’t make much difference to me! LOL.
    Seriously though, yes, I would keep writing. It’s in my DNA. If I don’t write and get the stories out of my head, I’m sure one day, my head will explode.

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  7. I’ve been asked this question before. I think I’m answering honestly. I would keep writing, though I wouldn’t work as hard at it as I do now. I’ve been writing since I was a young child and didn’t get paid for it then, yet I chose this as my profession, so I suspect money isn’t what motivates me to do it. Of course, if I wasn’t writing and editing, I have no idea what I’d be doing. Kind of hard to work at a bookstore when they’re all closing down…

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    1. You make a horrible and truthful point about book stores closing down. Thank goodness for Amazon. I don’t believe I would write books without encouragement. It was the blogging community and the support of other writers that got me to try to write a book in the first place.

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  8. I thought a lot about this week’s question, too. I love to be creative, and there are many outlets for it. The way I decorate my home, how I love my family, the effort I put into my work. It doesn’t have to be books. All the same, I think if an idea really grabbed a hold of me, I’d write it down.

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