You’ve probably heard it said, “it’s impossible to make a living as a writer.” Or, “your poetry book won’t pay the bills.”
Unfortunately, too many parents, teachers, and mentors encourage the young, aspiring authors around them to go to college and “get a real job” instead of pursuing their dream.
That’s why there are millions of talented writers who simply hide in the woodwork, dreaming about the day they’ll get to write for a living. But S.D. Smith says that if you want it, you just have to “swing for the fences.” And if he can do it, so can you.
S.D. Smith is a full-time author. He’s written five books in the last three years—all part of The Green Ember Series, a middle-grade adventure fantasy for children. He’s one of the Top 100 Best Selling authors on Amazon and, his book, The Green Ember, spent some time as the #1 Best Selling Audiobook in the World.
Inside this episode of The BookWorthy Show, S.D. Smith shares an honest perspective on how to make a living as a writer. He doesn’t encourage any best-practices or get-rich-quick schemes. In fact, he made it clear that the shortcuts rarely work. You can’t do exactly what he did—or what anyone else did, for that matter—and expect to be successful. You have to experience your own journey.
After listening to this interview, you’ll be inspired to quit dreaming and take the next step on your journey to making a living as a writer.
Conversation Highlights: - My books are stories I told my kids. And eventually, I just wrote them down. (5:00) - “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” —Thomas Mann (7:30) - Writing is like going to war. And everyone that tells you that it’s easy is lying. (9:15) - It doesn’t have to take five years to write a book. (13:30) - Writing is a war in your mind. (15:00) - Imposter syndrome never goes away. (15:45) Becoming a published author won’t solve your problems. (16:30) You’ve got to start stupid and scared. (18:30) - Fear can indicate that we ought to do something. (19:30) - “I am dreading the publication, for it will be impossible not to mind what is said. I have exposed my heart to be shot at.” —JRR Tolkien (20:45) - We always wanted to make something better than what comes out of New York. (26:00) - Writing and publishing a book is not something undertaken alone. (27:00) - “Quality is the best business plan.” —John Lasseter (28:00) - You can’t do what I did and be successful. You have to do your own journey. (30:30) - The shortcuts don’t work. Take the long-cut and do the work it takes to get there.” (32:45) - What’s better than seeming is being. (34:15) You win the championship in practice. (35:00) - “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” —Steve Martin (36:00)