It costs little to nothing to write a good story. That’s a fact. We think it, we write it…bang zoom…it’s out there. We do it out of a love of storytelling and the satisfaction of taking a vague idea and giving it life. That’s the point of it all.
However, when we take those finished stories and shop them around, money enters the scene. We pay for office supplies (we do anyway but still), postage, mailing materials, etc, to put our babies in the hands of literary agents and prospective publishers. It’s how the Traditional Publishing Game is played and there’s no way around it that I have found and I’ve been taking bites out of this particular elephant for a long time.
Self-Publishing incurs many of the same costs with the added joy of having to shop around for a good cover designer, editor, and if you are so inclined someone to assist in promoting your work to the masses. This particular batch of trail mix has an exceeding amount of nuts in it and though you can keep the costs down by doing them yourself, eventually a realization sets in after that first great cover reveal that going back to using the “free” services isn’t an attractive option.
I’ll admit here that I’ve had some Writer’s Anxiety of late concerning Lights and Shadows. I sit down, stare at the manuscript in Scrivener for several minutes, and then practically dive out of my desk chair. There’s nothing wrong with the story itself. It’s as solid as the day I first did the outline. So then why? I’ve pinpointed my particular dose of anxiety with the cost of a new book cover and a dearth of funds available to purchase said cover. I’ve since solved that particular issue due to revising my writing budget, but I find it interesting that I would be delayed by something that most wouldn’t consider part of the creative process. Sadly, when we move our pastime into the realm of income producer, new considerations come into play.
Personally, I’d rather have Writer’s Block…