, , , ,

I sold three books recently and received this check for $37.80. I could buy a decent dinner for two or a couple of bottles of whiskey 🙂 I am not getting rich. The book has been out for almost eight years and I’m still working my day job. I’d say 95% of writers need to work their day jobs.

Back when I was working on this book, revising draft after draft, querying agents and editors, getting rejections, wondering if it would EVER be published, if I knew that someday I’d receive a check for $37 I’d be jumping up and down for joy! There was a day when I figured it would never be published. The amount of $37 is $37 more than I ever thought I’d make on this venture.

I wrote it for myself. I don’t think any book will be successful if you don’t write it for yourself first. But you hope that what you have to say will resonate with others and that your story can find a larger audience.

I find myself today in the same situation as several years ago. My current work-in-progress has been through revision after revision and has been out on submission for the past three months. As the rejections stack up, I wonder if it will ever be published. If someone told me that someday I will make $37 on the book, I will jump up and down for joy!

So I’m just going to keep the same faith I had years ago and trust in the process.

Where do you need faith these days?


For regular tips and insights about writing nonfiction and occasional news about my new book (BREAKING POINT: ONE WOMAN’S TRANSFORMATION FROM ACTIVIST TO RADICAL IN 1970s AMERICA), sign up for my newsletter at https://tinyletter.com/Rachael_Hanel. When you subscribe I will send you a 9-minute audio story that summarizes my new book!