So, you have this really great idea for a book. Whether it’s a novel, a memoir, or a how-to book, you’re absolutely certain you’re going to have a runaway best seller. You also know that Hollywood will come knocking at your door.
You’re not alone. We all want to think the idea we’ve come up with is so unique that no one in human history has ever thought of it before. We all want to believe our book will make us rich and famous, and that we’ll be living the good life as a result.
Welcome to the author myth
This myth exists because there is some real-world basis to support it. We’ve all heard of J.K. Rowling, James Patterson and Danielle Steele. However, the vast majority of authors will never achieve that level of fame, regardless of how well their book is written, or how many awards it may have won.
This doesn’t mean that writing a book isn’t worthwhile. However, if you’re writing it to become rich and famous, and to see your story on the silver screen, chances are you’ll end up disappointed. As mentioned, very few of us will ever achieve that level of fame. And, for most authors, book royalties are an income supplement. For some, they’re not much more than beer money.
There is only one reason to write a book. You want to share something with others. Perhaps you have a story to tell. Or you have help or advice to help people make their lives better or get through difficult times. If this is your reason, then the odds are that you’ll be rewarded. Not with fame and fortune, but with the knowledge that your words may have changed someone’s life for the better.