Should a Writer Think of their Career as a Calling or a Business?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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By Edward Nawotka

The for a writer to continue to produce hit after hit can be immense, as Lisa Tucker describes in today’s feature story. Often a writer’s career arc follows a simple arc…It begins with the excitement of a debut, the pressure to produce a strong second novel, and hopefully a breakout book (if not sooner). If one isn’t blessed with bestseller status from the start, it is even more difficult to sustain the interest of publishers. The sense that writing as a calling can sustain them, but thinking of writing as a career can armor you against the vagaries of this unpredictable business.

What tips do you have for author’s embarking on the road to discovery and then, hopefully, breakthrough?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.