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  1. Great post, Matt. Ya know, I see your friend’s point, but ultimately you’re either born to do something or not.

    I think you and I write because we have to. We have to or we’re miserable. We have to because we’re born to.

    We do it now for very little money and we do other work to support our habits, and my gut tells me that 10 years from now, even 20, we’ll still be doing it even if the money still stinks.

    I hope I always hold onto the dream that success can happen and if I ever get discouraged and think about hanging it up, I hold you’ll knock me upside the head and encourage me to keep going.

    • Hi Stan – Thanks for stopping by. I believe everything you say. Even if I have to drag my ass to the chair most days, I’m still born to write and I’m going to do it whatever the rewards. And I’ll be sure to knock you in the head if you do the same for me. LOL!

      • Absolutely. It’s a deal.

        And we really need to be there for each other. I’ve been reading all the archive postings of Joe Konrath — I’ve made it a goal of mine to read every single blog posting since he launched his blog in 2005 — and while it’s pretty time consuming, one of the things I’ve finding (besides a ton of great knowledge) is how many have writers have given up on the dream.

        Granted, seven years is a long time, but as I go through the comments, it’s amazing how many have given up on the dream; at least from what I can tell. No blog. No website. Or abandoned blogs and websites.

        We nobodies need to hang together like crazy until we’re somebodies, and then whoever makes it first, needs to reach down and help the other.

  2. I agree with Stan’s post. One good thing about the prices so low is that more people can enjoy the art now (and for people like Vince Gill and his quote above, that adds up to a LOT of money). Artists, Musicians and Writers have for the most part always struggled monetarily (excepting a rare few); this isn’t a new thing because of the digital age. (***And lastly, I just finished your One Bad Twelve and really liked it. You have an amazing talent. Keep on writing.)

    • “Artists, Musicians and Writers have for the most part always struggled monetarily…”

      Isn’t that the truth! We have to remember the years, decades, and centuries when “starving artist” wasn’t just a cliche. That’s why I wanted to make sure people understood that I respect the privilege of writing for money…it’s not something to be taken for granted. But if anyone tells us that gratitude is all we can/should expect or deserve for our efforts, watch out. (I know you’re not in that camp…just shaking my fist at imaginary foes)

      And Char, thanks so much for grabbing OBT and reviewing it…I really appreciate it and, as a fellow writer, I know you KNOW how much I appreciate it! Thanks a ton and let me know if I can help you in return.

  3. I wonder if the other element in this debate is the sheer bulk of art being produced – especially as it is all more accessible now in the digital age? As more of us are creative in various fields (and let’s not discourage that!), does the volume of work contribute to its being devalued?

    • Hi Kat – A great point and one we’ll all struggle with in the coming years. I’ve seen said in several places that the age of millionaire writers and 7 figure advances is over. That’s the democratizing effect of the Internet; that immense volume of art you mention reaches the public at a price. Perhaps few of us will hit it big while more of us will just make a living…as long as we continue to press for respect and compensation commensurate with the value we offer.

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