Today is the last day to enter the contest for a free copy of The Devil's Food.
Looks like Robert Swartwood read my mind again with his latest post. The title alone should grab any writer by the throat: "I'm Not Looking for More Money/Readership".
Funny how (some) writers, being the self-flagellating lot we are, try to pretend we don't "deserve" any compensation for our craft.
I can't say I set out to look for those things, and they aren't the only reason I write, but I'll take them. Pay and readership are not things I expect. If I'm to have either, I must earn them, just like any writer.
From what I've seen/read/learned in the last three or four years, unless a writer hits the James Patterson/Dan Brown/Stephen King lotto, the money sucks. Money can't be the sole motivator--if it is, I'm a monumental failure. (Really, do you want me to work out how much I make per hour at the keyboard?) I'm still going to write, regardless of the payoff. Being paid is nice. Being read is nice. Being paid and read--which often go hand-in-hand--is even nicer. (well paid publications can pay well because they are supported by advertising and readership, right?)
That being said, I prefer writing and submitting to markets of my choosing. I've only had a few "commissions" (okay, maybe one). I find it hard to write specifically for money and a particular market on request. I don't enjoy those stories as much. There isn't the exhilaration/agony of submission and rejection/acceptance. I write for the thrill of the story and the double thrill of being able to share it, to tell it. And yes, even get paid a little at times (um, very little) when I've done my job well.