Waa, Waa, Boo Hoo. Cry me a River!

it_is_what_it_is_mug- (1)When I first started my blog, I planned to write positive, uplifting posts about my journey as a writer. Recently I’ve been in a funky sort of mood that I can’t describe. I’m not depressed, exactly.  Mentally lethargic might be more accurate. I’ve become ambivalent about my writing – discouraged, even. I don’t like it, but I can’t break out of this rut.

It has to do with the fact that I seem to be going nowhere with my writing.  I feel I’ve moved past the label of “hobbyist writer.” I’ve been published. I’ve been paid small amounts for some of my work. Fact is, there are so few paying markets, and I’m growing tired of writing for free. I’m always happy to see my work in print, along with my name and bio. It’s a rush. I sure would like to have a check to go along with it, though. I feel my writing is good enough to warrant a paycheck.

Few of the online markets pay, and the pay is minimal for those that do. I received $3.00 for my story that is currently featured on Romance Flash.

Some markets used to pay in merchandise like t-shirts or pens or a coffee mug. Heck, I’d take a coffee mug. With what I’ve earned recently with my writing, I couldn’t even buy a friend a cup of coffee, so I’d have to make a pot at home. At least I could serve up it in new mug.

I have one piece out at two different places. I have high hopes that it will be picked up by one of them. Neither is a paying market. I have ideas for a few articles that would be a good fit for a couple of online sites I know. They don’t pay. So I haven’t written the pieces yet. I can’t work up any enthusiasm about doing so.

Some of the overseas women’s magazines do pay for fiction, and I’m looking into that. I hate to pay postage to send it over, though, and an SASE for a reply. I don’t know how much it would be.

The Sun, a literary journal, pays its writers. According to their guidelines, the magazine takes from 2 -6 months to get back to the writer. Six months is a long time.

Unless you are a writer, you have no idea how long it takes to research the markets and get work out.  Some publications will not accept simultaneous submissions, which means when you send out a piece to the editor, you have to wait several months to hear from them. That’s great if it’s an acceptance, but if you receive a response that says something like, “Thank you for submitting your work to ­­­­_________. We must decline at this time. We wish you success….”, you’ll have to start the submission process all over again.

I’ve let my mood spill over into my blog writing. This post hasn’t been positive or uplifting, for sure. I must have heaved out a dozen big ol’ pitiful sighs while writing this.  I can’t help it, folks.

It is what it is.


About joyackley

I am a published writer living in sunny Florida. I share a home with my three spoiled cats. I am mother to two wonderful daughters, and I am grandmother to Sam, Jackson, and Elin.
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8 Responses to Waa, Waa, Boo Hoo. Cry me a River!

  1. I’m glad you shared, Joy! Sometimes it can be encouraging just to know that other writers are facing the same issues we are!

  2. joyackley says:

    Thanks. Yes, I know all writers face this issue. I’m feeling a little better now and am ready to write some more articles and a story. Pay or no, it’s what I do. I can’t help myself!

  3. I’ve written a book and I know it’s a worthwhile read, but it sits on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online without buyers. I’m not a marketer. Selling has never been part of my personality makeup. I was not a self-publisher; my book was published by a traditional publisher. People that read it like it and tell me with enthusiasm and want to know when I’ll write another one. Duh. Not sure. My selling experience doesn’t inspire me to write another one.

    I write on my blog. It’s not a super blog by my standard, which would be one with a high number of followers, but I get a lot of gratification and reward for writing. Of course, I get no pay, but I don’t expect it. When our expectations are unmet, we suffer disappointment. I sympathize with you entirely. I get it. Some authors make it big-time after a long and tedious effort. It could be you! I hope you are the next best-selling author, Joyce!

  4. joyackley says:

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Carol Ann. I don’t think I’ll ever write a best-seller, but I need to set some goals and re-evaluate my writing aspirations. I know I need to work harder at it.
    I enjoy your blog and will look at your book.

  5. Joyce, I read the romance story you posted to Romance Flash and it is simply a heat warming lovely piece. You have to do a followup on that relationship.
    Your blog posting has encourage me to not give up and take joy in writing, blogging and the simple pleasures of retirement. I too hope you are the next best-selling author, Joyce!

    • joyackley says:

      Thank you so much. I appreciate the vote of confidence. Wishing you the best with your writing and blogging. And I agree – retirement is great and filled with simple pleasures!

  6. stephanie-l-dockery says:

    Hi Joyce! Thanks for visiting my old blog, lcristopher, but I’ve got an even better blog now at The Night Owl’s Guide to Reading! I post book recommendations, writing tips, short stories and fun stuff. Please look me up and follow me there!!

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