What Are the REAL Odds of Being a Successful Author?

This post from Kristen Lamb has regalvanized me to get back into my writing. Hooray for the five%ers!

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I didn’t even consider becoming a writer until 1999 after my father passed away suddenly. Funny how death can make us take a hard look at life, right? Anyway, I recall feeling soooo overwhelmed. I mean my odds of even getting published were about as good as winning the lottery. And the odds of becoming a best-selling author? Well, mathematically speaking, I had a slightly greater chance of being mauled by a black bear and polar bear on the same day.

It was all I could do not to give up before I began.

But, after over 14 years doing this “writer thing,” I have a new perspective. Often it feels like we are the victims of fate, at the mercy of the universe, when actually it is pretty shocking how much of our own destiny we control. The good news is that…

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  1. Dear Denise,Thank you for this and the links.I have started reading your interesting blog…. and saw yours and Khamara’s chat. As usual I am rushing off trying to do so many things. But will get back to read more.No further news on my health. On Feb. 3rd I go for the next test and will let you know what’s up.Love Camille

      Quote of the week by Kate Nowak “We determine whether something will be a blessing or a curse by the way we choose to see it. ”   Camille From: denise To: camillehuggins@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 9:35 AM Subject: [New post] What Are the REAL Odds of Being a Successful Author? #yiv0795334589 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0795334589 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0795334589 a.yiv0795334589primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0795334589 a.yiv0795334589primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0795334589 a.yiv0795334589primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0795334589 a.yiv0795334589primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0795334589 WordPress.com | denisesmusings posted: “This post from Kristen Lamb has regalvanized me to get back into my writing. Hooray for the five%ers!” | |

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