How Did You Know You Wanted To Be An Author? "Wanting to be an author" wasn't something I knew exactly. Putting words on a page seemed innate to my being from a young age. I wrote my first story when I was four. "Boom! Off goes the gun. He falls down. He gets up. Why it's our old pal." A beginning, a middle, and an end. Reading under the covers with my flashlight at age nine, I mused, "I wonder if I'll ever have enough to say to write a whole book." Over my lifetime, words kept falling onto the page, Finally, they became whole books.
What Is Your Advice For Aspiring Authors? Listen to yourself. Early on, at a writer's conference, a "professional" told me, "If you're an unknown author over 70, there's no market. If you're writing a memoir, especially a diary, there's no market. If you're writing about mental illness, there's no market. If you're writing about someone who died less than ten years ago, there's no market." I checked all her boxes. I'm so glad I didn't listen to her.
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