Being an Author Is Depressing (+ I desperately need your help)

Last Updated on: July 28th, 2014

 

i want to kill myself

Who said being an author is glamorous?

Who said becoming an author would make me happy?

I’d like to know who said this, because that person flat-out LIED.

An author’s life is not filled with glamour. Rather, it’s kind of depressing, even though there are moments of excitement.

Why I think being an author is depressing

I will admit that I might be suffering from fatigue. I mean, I’ve had a  busy two months. June and July were filled with readying my book for publication and creating all of my new author pages and profiles. While the latter are actually simple tasks, they are very time-consuming when you are doing everything yourself, like I am!!! UGH!!

But what’s even worse is that my little book is only one of many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many,many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many books being sold on Amazon. Um, yeah, you’re probably thinking that I put one to “manys” in there, but, trust me, I really DIDN’T.

Here’s why.

 

(Yes, I’m ending the post here. My plea for help actually comes from my other blog. Please take a look at what I need, and why I’m so depressed… Trust me, it’s not a pretty sight at all.)

Go find out what’s going on, and see if you can help.

 

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you!

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24 thoughts on “Being an Author Is Depressing (+ I desperately need your help)

  1. says

    I feel you, Lorraine. I made a promise to myself that I would get a book published before I hit 50 years old. My original plan was to write a piece in my vernacular language, but I soon found out that it was difficult. So, I started doing a few pages in the language I am more comfortable with – English. I am not giving up with this endeavor. I’ve been through worst things in life and this is nothing compared to those. My prayers and wishes that we all make it big and find success in landing a spot in the best seller list. Hugs!

  2. Erica says

    I think it keeps me sane when the odds seem so insurmountable to remind myself how lucky I am to go after my passion. The calm helps for a little while until the odds that are stacked against me make there way back into my imagination. My husband is in the early stages of work on a comic book and we are very aware of the uphill battle. Best of luck. Keep chugging away at it and I’m sure rewards will follow.

  3. Deidre M. Simpson says

    Don’t forget about your target audience and where to find it. LinkedIn has many book marketing and author marketing groups. There’s even one for new authors. Feel better!

  4. Michele LoBosco says

    Keep your head up! I know there are sooooo many people out there doing just what we do, so how do we stand out? I’m a photographer, and sometimes I think every single person in LA must either be a photographer or an actor. And it feels impossible to get ahead. Lately, my focus is to just be in the present moment, and do what I feel compelled to do, and try not to get too caught up with the rest.

    Good luck!
    Michele

  5. Catarina says

    Being self motivating is hard if you are not used to it. Keep up the good work, Lorraine, and you will succeed!

  6. We must be on the same wavelength at the moment! I was really proud of myself for publishing 4 novels in 3 years, but so far I haven’t made it big in the bestseller lists, and it took me a while to understand why. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read my fantastic stories? It turns out people just don’t know about me, and as a naturally quiet person anyway, I am learning very slowly that I have to shout about my work. I will see you on those bestseller lists very soon, Lorraine!

    • says

      Catherine, I just visited your website and basically said the same thing to you on one of your posts. 😉

      It’s nice to meet a fellow author/freelancer, too!

      I noticed that you don’t have “connect with me” buttons. Perhaps you can get some from “about.me,” for free. Learn more here: http://wordingwell.com/about-me-benefits/

      I hope this helps!

      It takes time to build a platform on social media. I’ve been working on mine for about a year-and-a-half. 🙁

      But don’t get discouraged. I’ll help promote you, too. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and G+. Okay?

  7. I posted it on my social media sites. I know how you feel. I’m going through the same thing, but I won’t give up. There are readers out there just dying to read my story, so I need and will find them. Good luck, Lorraine!

    • says

      I love your resolve, Jo Ann! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

      It’s tough when you are only one person of many who are trying to get “discovered,” isn’t it???

      Never give up, even when you feel hopeless. I’ll do the same thing.

      Good luck to you, too, my friend.

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