On the heels of the absolutely stunning announcement by All Romance announcing its closure (in three days hence), I’m going to lay down some cold, hard truth about the industry.
This is not a job you do because you love the stability. This isn’t something you do if you’re into job security. You won’t do this so you can have long standing relationships with business who want to sell your wares for a fair price.
The market isn’t stable. Genres and tropes fall in and out of popularity so fast your head will spin. The money isn’t steady, and it’s usually paid quarterly. The companies you do business with will disappear like so much dust in the wind after a bad year… (and they’ll do UTTER BULLSHIT like offering you 10 cents on the dollar for the already shitty money that they’re now unable to pay you. All Romance. Looking right at you, dickheads.)
You do this job at your own risk. You do it because you can’t imagine not seeing the stories scroll through your mind. You do it because you’re compelled to get these thoughts and ideas on the page, no matter the time of day. You don’t do it for the money. You don’t do it because you’ll be the next Nora Roberts. You do it because you love it and can’t picture your life without it.
Until next time, my lovelies!