When I first started writing with my partner, we thought we’d publish our book and watch the money roll in.
Boy, were we wrong! It takes more than just writing your story down. That’s the fun part, after all. The process is much more in-depth.
Once you finish, then you have to edit. (Yes, even if you have an editor.) Once the editing is done, you have to read through it yet again. After you’re satisfied with your manuscript, you have to format it. Then on to cover art, etc.
So much time goes into one book even before it’s published. So, now it’s published, and you expect people to just buy it, but what you don’t realize is this, you have to promote, promote, promote! The life of an indie author mirrors that of a town crier. You’re essentially shouting about your book hoping people will read it.
You will get some sales, but you have to keep promoting to build a fan base. (Obviously, things work differently if you get a contract with a MAJOR publishing house.) You still have to promote even if you get a contract with a small publishing house.
While we all dream of being able to write novels for a living, unless you catch that lightening in a bottle, it’s likely you won’t be able to quit your day job.