Since having my novel published I have met a lot of people who are aspiring authors. And although I am not a specialist, I am happy to share my knowledge and insights into the business.
Amongst the most intriguing things aspiring authors say to me are the following:
'Books, oh I don't read them, I really don't have the time...'
'I would never buy a new book, it's too expensive...'
'I only read the free books I can download to my kindle...'
So you want to write books, but you don't read them yourself?
You would presumably like people to buy your own book if it is published, but you don't want to spend money on books yourself?
Remember - DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU!
Being an author is a job like any other. If people don't pay for the product, how do you expect the industry and the authors to survive?
New books are expensive?
Have you got a printer at home? Imagine printing 400 pages black and white and a full color cover (in HD). What would that cost you? And then add the time someone spends on planning, writing, editing, designing, selling and distributing the product.
Would you go to work if your potential new boss offered you the following: 50 hours a week and no pay?
I'm just guessing here, but I think the answer would be a resounding 'HELL, NO!'
Writing and producing a book takes a great deal of time and effort, and I believe that it should be appreciated. And if aspiring authors - those that want to enter this industry and work within it - can't appreciate it, then who can?
So if you are an aspiring author, start from buying new books, in order to support the industry you want to work in!
And remember - if you don't want to pay money for a book, then why would anyone want to pay money for your own?