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Dear Creative Writers: Blog About Passions, Desires, Themes

What Motivates You to Write?

Many creative writers have a passion for writing or else we wouldn’t be blogging. However, our passion for writing stems from something else, and that something else has to do with a theme.

If you’ve written any books you know what I’m getting to, because themes are our overarching messages in our works, as it is in this blog.

By pursuing your passion for writing, you’re opening the door to more opportunity. You might love writing about a few different topics, some of which will exceed just one blog.

For instance, Libertarianism and Alternative Thought intertwine, as we can see from blogs like the Ron Paul Liberty Report and Free Domain Radio, fitting into My Freedom Flame.

If I wanted to, and I plan on, starting a writing blog, I’d place it into another niche under another domain.

If I wanted to, and I plan on, starting an internet marketing blog (likely years from today), it would have its own domain.

Ditto for sports or any affiliate site I might start. The possibilities are endless.
And they are for you, too.

 

Writers Have Something to Say

We have something we need to get off our chests often. The beauty is we can write about anything and with over three billion people with internet access, we’re bound to find an audience; we have to know where to look.

And I have something to say, along with other Libertarian-minded individuals like Tom Woods, who hosts a daily podcast among other ventures.

And many writers love challenging the status quo, as you see in many of my articles.
Just go back this week alone and you’ll find the controversy.

However, is it intertwined with my writing?

Yes.

All my books contain a Libertarian-based message, even if they aren’t completely Libertarian.

For instance, my protagonist in Northern Knights isn’t afraid to use aggression in favor of non-aggression early on, yet in some situations, he’s forced to fight fire with fire.

If you’re a writer and find yourself immersed in challenging status quo’s, I’ve good news for you: You’re going to find an audience.

And even better news.

Though blogs should be narrow and focused on a single topic, they can intertwine if you can intertwine the topics into one.

I do this with Libertarianism and passion pursuit, as each has to do with individual self-reliance. However, I understand many of us are in financial straits, which is why I talk about foreign policy and our staggering budget; it shows where much of the spending is going.

But there’s hope. Hope you too can break free of the constraints our government has placed on the dollar.

 

Books for Hope

And it’s why we love writing books.

Sure, some of us might be in it for love of writing and words, and that’s okay.

But name me a book you read that lacks theme.

Name me a book you read lacking a core message.

Name me a book you read lacking compelling characters, terrible situations for such characters, and a character arc.

The author has something they need to say and the book is the key opening the lock.
When I started writing Northern Knights, I set out to create a new adult version of Harry Potter, which served as my primary influence behind the work.

However, the anti-statist message shines through, along with my belief in the Second Amendment, and other avenues as the colonists are forced to submit and obey an overreaching tyrannical government.

Some of you might find my theme to be the opposite of yours, and that’s okay if you can turn it into a good story. Turn it into something compelling, to where readers will read it cover to cover and at the end, wanting more.

Sharing your message, creating a tribe, building a fan base, and doing something for a living that has purpose.

Better than working for a business that serves no purpose other than logistics and sales channels, am I right?

Yeah, I know it pays bills and puts food on the table, but at the end of the day you’re a drone to a non-living entity.

Hate to tell you this.

 

Conclusion

Writers, before sharing anything, make sure your themes shine through your work.

 

Books are great. All books are great or else readers wouldn’t read them.

But without great books containing great themes, nothing would be important to us. There’d be nothing to write about. There’d be no message to share. There’d be no truths to tell.

We would have zero inspiration from those compelling main characters we feel sorry for, who are placed in miserable situations and climb out of such situations, becoming the face of inspiration.

Write down your themes. Blog about your themes. Take real life situations and insert them into your blog. Be controversial. Don’t be afraid to get the occasional hate comment. You’re going to have far more fans than foes.

And even those who might be opposed to your themes and views might break down and give you a fair chance at expressing them.

You never know where writing and expressing your thoughts, views, and opinions can lead to.

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Only the Committed Shall Survive: You’re Going to Marry Your Passion

Hard Work Trumps Talent, Brains

Only the committed shall survive the almost never-ending uphill climb to the top of their respective field. I know people who’ve moved up in companies without anything more than a high school education.

 
In fact, I know several self-made seven-figure millionaires and multi-millionaires. Self-made men who pursued what they loved doing.

 
Although peace of mind and enjoyment rank number one in my pursuit, I’m not going to deny I want to make my share of money in this game, too. However, I’ll start with making a living first, then mid-five-figure, upper-five-figure, six-figure, upper-six-figure, and so on.

 
The key to be committed to your passion is downsize wherever possible to make a living.
How much do I need to earn in one year to make a living?

 
$13,000, and that’s it.

 
Granted, it’s baseline, but when it comes to downsizing and starting off on your own pursuit, you want to make it, first, before anything else. To make it means to stop relying on someone else’s company for a primary source of income.

 
It’s why I say only the committed shall survive.

 

The Instant Gratification Culture

We live in a culture of instant gratification.

 
People want things right now, at this very second, and it’s the number one reason why people fail.

 
Look, there’s no other way around it; you’re going to have to downgrade and downgrade substantially. Take me, for instance. I do the following:

 
1. Pay rent monthly $600

 
2. Keep my lights turned off and my faucet turned off unless necessary. I pay $60 tops for electricity and water combined.

 
3. Drive a fuel-efficient car. Chevy Cruze gets 36 miles to the gallon. I pay $90 per month in gas.

 
4. Only eat what you can afford. I love fitness and I still manage to get a nice mixture of organic food in my nutrition regimen, thank you Aldi!

 
5. Limit extravagance spending. I’m afraid of large crowds as it is, so I have an advantage here, but I do pay a $30 monthly gym membership.

 
6. So, we’re looking at a little over $1,000 per month in expenses, and nothing else.
Most people can’t do this, or they can, but they won’t. We live in a world that strives on two things: material possession and status. And when you downgrade, you’re going to give up material and status for a bit, gambling that you’ll make up for it even greater in due time.

 
But most, especially those my age, have a tough time doing this. One quick glance at their social media accounts tells me all I need to know. Let’s be honest; our friends are posting snapshots of their lives of good times…sure, they may post about an unfortunate event here or there, but 99% of what they post is good.

 
They want people to think they’re succeeding, they’re living the American Dream, and that they’re far ahead of the curve. And they might be, but once again, are they doing what they really saw themselves doing when they were young?

 
Most can’t answer the question honestly.

 

IQ is Queen

Stefan Molyneux stresses IQ is King when it comes to success, and in many ways he’s right. However, I beg to differ…slightly.

 
Drive is King, IQ is Queen. IQ is going to play a large role in anyone’s ultimate success, however nothing can replace hard work, ruthlessness, stubbornness, and desire to succeed. One’s mental capacities can be against all odds and they still may end up successful.

 
While I agree those with lower IQs will have a much tougher road ahead, it doesn’t mean they’re going to flat-out fail. Yes, they will have a harder time, but I’m also a believer in situational (that’s the best term I can use here) IQ.

 
What I mean by this is just because one’s overall IQ may not be high, it doesn’t mean it’s low in their chosen field, or passion. For me, my writing IQ has always been high. I have a natural way of making words and stories flow (I’m bragging about myself), I have the ability to make believable characters, and the more complex the plot, the better.

 
However, I’m very, very tech impaired, and in the world of e-books, perfect websites, and generating leads via websites, it’s a huge disadvantage. Only yesterday it took me five hours to create a landing page. I ended up just creating a free WordPress.com account and linking it to My Freedom Flame which, by the way, if you want a free e-book, click on the tab on the right-hand corner of this site to get a little intro to my fictional writing style.

 
But it goes to show that yes, I love writing and I’m very good at it, but I’d be much more successful in the nineteenth century, I shouldn’t wonder, because technology and I just don’t get along. Heck, even when I launched Northern Knights two weeks ago, it was an eight-hour day.

 

Conclusion

Sure, I could’ve become frustrated and given up, but no, it’s not who I am. I can’t give up or give in even when I try to. Anything I’ve given up on in the past finds its way back to me; it happened with personal training when I became certified in 2009, became frustrated by lack of money it brought in, gave up on it for a year, competed in a show, did well, got recertified and became the best trainer in the area for four-and-a-half years.

 
This was before I re-chased writing and in the process burned several bridges due to my Libertarian political beliefs: The people in Weirton, West Virginia are staunch conservatives who bow to Donald Trump’s every will. War with Russia and North Korea? Heck no! War with Iran? Heck yes! Small government? Heck yes! Build wall and space force with tax dollars? Heck yes! Guns and ammo? Yes! Ban bump stocks and push gun age to twenty-one? Only if Trump says so. Freedom of Press? Yes! Do you want Trump to shut down the media? Yes! Their hypocrisy and lack of Constitutional understanding is astounding.

 
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What I Learned After Six Months’ Pursuing Writing

Pursuing Passion is Worth the Struggle

Struggle. That’s the best word I can use for anyone pursuing a writing business full-time, or any business, for that matter. However, struggle isn’t a bad thing. Struggle means character-building, discipline, soul-strengthening, and staying positive on the bad days.

 
Struggle is a test, and it’s going to test everything you’ve got. Okay, some people will tell me that I’m used to struggle because of my fitness background, where I went from an unathletic kid incapable of surviving a week of football practice at age thirteen to a workout warrior who needs to feel like he’s about to topple over before he’s satisfied with his workouts.

 
In other words, people will tell me I’ve done this before.

 
However, I argue back, that this is a new arena. This is a much different ballgame. Sure, I’m used to struggle and sure, I’m used to having everything down to the bare bones before rebuilding and succeeding, as I’d done in 2011 when I literally ran out of money and at the last second, found a job that rebuilt my bank account. However, when you literally self-employ yourself and save up a few months’ dough to live on, it’s something completely different.

 

Escape, or Walk into the Wildfire?

I had a dream last night that I was on a bus with others, that we were going to do a Spartan race in some area I’d never been before. Per the landscape, we were heading south of Morgantown, West Virginia, somewhere in the Carolinas, or wherever, that this race was to be held.

 
However, wildfires erupted and soon after, they chased us, until we finally outstripped the fires by turning back and heading home. Once home, we were safe to get on with our lives.

 
Think of the wildfire as the budding chaos, which will happen when you pursue what you love in hopes of making a living from it. However, the majority in this dream insisted on running away from it, but myself and a few others wanted to continue on and do what we signed up to do. But, the majority overruled us.

 
The interpretation of such a dream is simple: Most people won’t, they’d never, they wouldn’t dream, of pursuing their passion in hopes of making a living because they fear the sure chaos that lays ahead. Our passion may be so time consuming we might decide to save money for six months to a year to live on, but at the same time, downsizing everything and sacrificing our own status to do so. We’re walking straight into the wildfire.

 

What I’ve Learned in Six Months

This is Your Job. The first and most important thing I’ve learned is that you need to make writing your job, or whatever your passion is. If you already have a job, you now have a second job. You must treat writing in the same manner in which you treat your day job. Like I said, some choose to go all-in and quit their job so they can pursue what they love. This is fine, but make sure you have at least a few months’ dough saved up to make ends meet and always have a job lined up just in case you need some emergency dollars.

 

 

You Need a Work List. You need a worklist, I can’t stress this one enough. You need to make sure you’re not only treating this like a job, but getting tasks done in an efficient and timely manner. I like to make up a list in the notes section of my phone, place between twelve to fourteen tasks per day, and set time limits on each.

 
You Need an Escape. Yes, even though your passion was an escape from your day job, and still is, it’s now your day job and that means you should even have a means to escape your passion. For instance, I like going to the gym and running, so after a couple hours’ work in the morning during the summer, spring, and fall, I’ll go for a run and in the evening after my work is done I’ll go lift. Your escape can be anything from a TV program to sports to politics to anything that suits your soul. Just make sure you set a one-hour time limit.

 
You Need a Friend Base. Okay, confession, I’m slacking on this one to an extent. I have like five real-life friends. I test as an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs scale so making friends isn’t my strong suit. Furthermore, here in West Virginia, when you tell one that you want to make money off writing, they’ll give you a strange look and ask where your work boots are. But, thank goodness for Twitter and Facebook, where I can find like-minded people such as I who have the same goals. You guys rock!

 
You’re Going to Work for Free. As with any business-owner, or as I say, entrepreneur, you’re going to work for free. Sound good? It better, because for a writer, all the stories, edits, lessons, courses, and any kind of work you put into this early on will be for free. The good news? Once you’ve worked for free for a time your product is going to be almost flawless and it’ll likely sell more than other products in the market, especially among indie-authors. So, be prepared to work for free and lose a lot of money early on, but be prepared to reap the benefits of that hard work later with monetary rewards for your hard work.

 
Write with Your Customers (Readers) in Mind. For those reading this who aren’t writers, work on your product with your customers in mind. I can’t stress this point enough. When I first wrote Lord of Columbia, I wrote it in a way that I would love but my readers would’ve likely put it down within seconds. It was loaded with backstory, no action, a ton of adverbs and adjectives, and more telling than showing. Sure, I enjoyed it, but it was also 185,000 words…yikes! Then, I sought how to write and rewrote it. Then, I mastered point-of-view and rewrote it again. It’s now loaded with action from start to finish, 77,000 words, with very few (if any) adverbs and nominal adjectives. And best yet, the whole book is written in just one point-of-view, with eighty-eight dialogue tags.

 
You’re Going to Learn A Lot. You’re going to remain a student and remain so for quite some time. Sure, I may’ve gotten the writing and editing part down (I’ll hire a professional editor once I can swing the dough which will be a huge weight lifted off my back) but I’m going to go through the grind in a learning curve involving sales and marketing, and six months from today, I’ll write about what I learned in that case.
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How to Find Ways to Monetize Your Passion

Turn Your Passion into Income, Then Live Free

Okay, people who follow this blog are probably thinking I’m sort of conspiracy theorist who’s totally off my rocker when it comes to everything. Todd’s going to motivate me to one day firing my boss, to showing me that Libertarianism is the true way to really be free (contrary to mainstream thought), and he’s going to tell me both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are deep state assets.

 
Yes, yes, and yes.

 
But today I want to tell you how to monetize your passion and what I’ve learned over 2018.

 
When I first decided to embark on becoming an indie-author over one who is traditionally published, the main attraction was freedom. I have the freedom to run my own show, contrary to traditionally published authors. Furthermore, traditional publishers own less and less of the market each year, taken over by indies.

 
Sure, indie books can be hit or miss with homemade colors and full of textual errors with mediocre plots and characters, but even from a traditionally published standpoint, a publisher is banking on one or two books to succeed while the others go to the wayside. In other words, some weak indie books will get a makeover the second their author does research, realizes their mistake, pulls the book, and turns it into a respectable seller.

 

How My Writing Really Took Off

For another, I hate working for others and I hate being told what to do. Something I loved about the gym I worked at in Weirton was the owners and management giving me the freedom I wanted.

 
Talk about the deep state, back in Weirton, I was the deep state, the non-manager with the power to tell the managers and the owner what to do. It’s the exact reason most gyms don’t want one trainer training eighty-five percent of the client base, as I’d done in Weirton. They’ll get way too much power.

 
When I got into White Oak, I had considerably less power and was forced to succumb to some, but not overbearing power. It was tolerable, but I craved the days of old in Weirton, so I applied to and was hired in Wexford, a new club.

 
From September to February, things felt like the old days, but starting in March, I came to dislike the place, as both the owner cracked down on everything and the manager became dictatorial. The free spirit manager I’d met before was no more and in came this money-hungry tyrant who only cared about the personal training draft, and that every move geared toward the clients was to get them to purchase more training.

 
I tell you, my experience suffered, but it bonded me closer with my writing, so at the end of the day, it’s mission accomplished. During these stressful periods, especially after leaving Weirton and venturing into White Oak, the only thing I had to turn to was my writing.

 
I didn’t have enough for cable or internet, nor did I really want to invest in them anyway, as I could always go to a library for internet and cable is a distraction. So, I kept perfecting Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights, starting in January 2017. I spent the last year-and-half perfecting it over the course of the year and drafting its sequels.

 
My writing became my true escape and the more freedom I felt writing, and the more restraint I felt at work. Only one thing made sense: Eventually get out of the fitness industry and learn to make a living writing.

 

There Are Lots of Ways

There are lots of ways to make a living writing, and whatever your passion is, there are a lot of ways to monetize your passion.

 
This past week, I studied freelance places to submit, compiled my list, and narrowed them down. Now’s the fun part: Writing and researching sound articles! As mentioned a few days back, I came across how to submit to the Mises Institute, one of my favorite Libertarian think-tanks to read from. They don’t pay, but they give great exposure.

 
I found several places to submit short stories (if I ever manage to compile a story into 8,000 words or less!), philosophic articles regarding civil liberties, and other unique places. The second step to freelancing is to write the articles and provide sound research. Then, submit.

 
Running my own indie-author business is another dream about to come true. September 1st will see my first work, Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights get released to the public and if you’d like to purchase a copy, I’ll have links up on my site and attached to my articles. Just click the link, read the description, and if it’s something you’d be interested in, feel free to purchase!

 
Running one’s own indie-author business is simply another cash flow, ditto for freelancing. As stated previously, YouTube videos are coming as well, as early as next weekend, commencing with a little book trailer regarding Lord of Columbia. I promise you, it’ll be epic.

 

Research Your Passion and Never Stop Researching

I can’t stress enough about research. For instance, I had zero idea of all the work that goes into being an indie-author just to make a decent income. I’ve been researching nonstop since December to give myself a good idea on how the business works. And never, ever stop researching.

 
The more you research, the more you must implement. The more you implement, the more your name gets out into the public in your field, and the more your name gets out into the public in your field, the more success you’re going to see. Pursue this, monetize it, then make a living off your passion.

 
It’s not an easy path; it’s a difficult, rocky, and at times dangerous one. However, if you’re slaving away in a job you don’t want, in a job you never dreamed you’d be stuck in, if you’re at a dead end, or just want to pursue what you’ve always wanted, the choice should be easy.

 
You need to research and implement. Anything you learn, apply. Find creative ways to make this work. Talk to people online, build an online following, network, develop connections, talk to like-minded people, and let everyone and their mother know what you’re doing.

 

Cashflow, Cashflow, Cashflow

Find as many cash flows as you can. For me, it’s blog, freelance, creative writing. It’s an iron triangle, in other words. Whatever your passion is, find three ways to make a cashflow. A blog can be used in so many different areas, so by putting ads on it will be a big help for you. Also, a blog can create implicit revenue. Create relevant, up-to-date, engaging posts which others will share across social media platforms.

 
When someone shares to their friends or followers, your chances of being discovered by a new audience skyrocket. When this happens, make sure you have a product available that will be beneficial to your new readers. You might just make another buck or two.

 
Find what the people want. A great way to do this is to use Quora, a site where people ask questions and provide answers. Signing up and using the site is free, and you can also link your blog to the site. I check Quora once or twice a week to see what people are asking. Talk about being relevant and up to date.

 
Go where the people are. I love to utilize Twitter and Facebook as ways to spread my message and blog, but NOT to talk nonstop about my products. I find this very annoying and if I receive a DM or see a profile or two on my newsfeed constantly trying to get me to buy their product, I’m either blocking them or unfollowing their page.

 
People on social media don’t want to be bombarded with ads, crowdfunding campaigns, or being told to buy a product. Do you enjoy seeing endless ads? Instead, use social media to build your following, be fun, engaging, and friendly. I’m not saying to never advertise on social media but do it sparingly.

 
For instance, I only talk about Lord of Columbia once or twice a month. The last time I even mentioned I had a book coming out was June 28th, when I shared my book cover. The next time I talk about it will be to share my book trailer, and the time after that will be when I first set up a link for others to order the book, and that’s it.

 
I talked about Lord of Columbia once in June, will talk about it once in July, and once in August. I’m using paid book promotion to give it a nice, little sales boost via book promo sites so their email lists, actual readers, will see ads to the books. Hopefully, I’ll get a few sales.

 
If you’re asking how I expect to sell my books to my following, my tribe, those who follow me via social media, it’s to continue posting my regular Tweets, which I’ll post once every hour or two.

 
My following loves and have come to expect motivational Tweets with the occasional fantasy scenery pictures. I’ve found these get me the most retweets. Notice I didn’t say likes. I don’t care about likes. People like posts without reading them all the time. If a post is retweeted on Twitter or shared on Facebook, it means someone read it. If it’s a like, it’s a tossup.

 
Just to review, the best ways to find new cashflows is to post relevant information on relevant topics. Have something in it for the reader to the point they’re willing to share your advice to others, which will open up new audience channels and maybe a few more potential buyers.

 
And again, never, ever, ever tell people to constantly donate to your campaign or buy your book or product. Or if you’re talking to others on social media, never ask them if they’re considering buying your book or product. It’s a turnoff.

 
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Your Day Job Only Brands You if You Allow It

People Whose Day Job Brands Them Versus Those Whose Day Job Doesn’t

This is redundant as hell, but have you ever heard people praise the company they work for as if it’s God’s gift to Earth, or something similar?

 
It annoys me, especially when they take a five-figure annual paycheck to become a slave to an eight or nine-figure corporation.

 
Before you sit across the table and tell me that’s just the way it is and accept it, let me tell you why writers like myself, plus activists, and others are spreading the word to keep these corporations in check.

 
Especially when the government colludes with these corporate idiots and forces the people to buy their outdated products. Perhaps they’ll change the label to make it look like something’s new.

 
As Murray Rothbard, I think it was Rothbard, stated, “The best regulator in a free society is the people.”

 
Yet, we’re told to accept the fact that corporations own us and there’s nothing we can do but buy from them, enjoy their products, thank them for making the product available to us, and if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have such nice products.

 
Talk about Stockholm syndrome. I love that phrase, don’t you.

 
Okay, time to list two examples. One of which displays complete corporate Stockholm syndrome who believes everyone should be enslaved by such corporations because “that’s the way it is and I’m far too stupid to think of ways to at least challenge this corporate socialist system in America,” and the other example is a young entrepreneur working a day job to fund his passion and one day make a living off of it.

 
Enjoy my examples.

 

The Man Who Let His Day Job Brand Him

On my old blog, and I must repost on this one, I did a short miniseries about The Pepsi Guy, an individual I knew back in a time lost to history.

 
Anyway, to make a long store short (ain’t that a cliché for the ages?) he was one of those typical wannabe meatheads who always worried about his bench press, shouted regular obscenities in the gym, and had a penchant for breaking weights and machines. Keep in mind this was a commercial health club, not an old school gym where I’d be more than cool with this stuff going on. Heck, I’d probably contribute to the mayhem.

 
He always talked about how he had to wake up before four in the morning, received little time to relax in the evening, and go to bed before everyone else to repeat the process five days a week (the dude probably shelved $90,000/year, likely before bonuses). The guy talked about this every damn day. Yeah, hard worker, slaving away for a corporation that poisons people. Yeah…

 
He acted like the hardest worker on the planet and shamed anyone not working a “traditional job.” To him, if you didn’t sweat, you weren’t working hard enough. God forbid if you told him you wanted to be an indie-author. The guy would’ve laughed and asked when your welfare check was coming in.

 
Hmm, and it was always “Oh, if it wasn’t for them, I couldn’t do this,” or “I’d never be in this position if I worked for someone else.” (Probably Coke).

 
One of those big talkers, and I mean big talkers, who loved to complain about everyone else and everything under the sun. No one worked hard, and those who succeeded in something unorthodox or at their own thing (if it didn’t involve crazy labor) were just lucky, or mom and dad gave them the money to do this, and that most people had to work their asses off to get to where they were.

 
Never gave anyone credit for anything.

 
Anyway, the whole point is we’re not about to let one source of income label us, especially if we have an ulterior motive. As for the Pepsi Guy, it wasn’t the case. His day job branded him and he always cited it, always praised it, fell to his knees and worshipped it.

 

Indie Authors: Those Whose Day Job Doesn’t Brand Them

Especially as indie-authors, where we’re essentially entrepreneurs. It’s what made me forgo seeking a traditional publisher. I knew if I could land a decent gig to fund this thing, I could use all sorts of paid marketing techniques and really give Lord of Columbia a shot.

 
Sure, many in the traditional publishing field frown upon us indies, stating we’re either too amateur or too proud to seek out a traditional publisher (Corporation!).

 
The argument doesn’t hold water for two reasons.

 
1. Maybe us indie-authors just want to be in charge of, own, and run our own businesses? Look, writing is the first gig I’ve ever pursued where I enjoyed learning the business side. I couldn’t say the same about the fitness industry.

 
2. Traditional publishers are panicking. If you look at recent trends, indie-authors are taking more of the publishing market by the year while publishers, especially the ‘Big Five,’ have been plummeting in market share.

 
Here’s my take on the entire scenario:

 
If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, go indie. It doesn’t mean you’re not good enough or too vein to seek traditional publishing; it means you’re interested in running and owning a business.

 
However, if you decide to go indie and want to succeed, you better learn the business inside and out. I’m still learning new things about the business and realize I have a lot to do still, but I’ve learned enough about it to give Lord of Columbia a very decent chance in the marketplace.

 
Even traditional publishers want the author to market while buying the rights to your book. To me, I’m just not that comfortable with it; selling the rights, even if it’s guaranteed money. Also, they’ll control many aspects like cover, description, keywords, etc. Publishers are also banking one or two of their books that they publish sell, and the others will fade away.

 
In the indie world, if the book doesn’t sell, you can always pull it, rewrite it, rename it, and sell it again under a completely different identity. Traditional publishers won’t grant books second chances, indie-publishing will.

 
Yet, as indie-authors, the above example shows, we’ll definitely need a nice, little gig to help us fund our campaign. Just like any businessperson, or entrepreneur, we need a cash flow. We need something steady. We need something to hold our heads above water as we build a dynasty…full-time.

 
We don’t worship another company or anyone else we work for. We exchange our time, and that’s it. We give hours of service for compensation. It’s nothing more than strictly business. We don’t worship corporate entities. We have our own work to attend to. We have our own dreams and desires. It’s what separates us from the masses, those who refuse to go out and get what they want.

 

Conclusion

They take what they’re given, bend on one knee, and succumb to corporate power. You’re too good for that. We all are, but we’re tricked and bribed into becoming corporate (or government drones). We’re locked into a relationship where our job controls our every move.

 
And worse yet, they’ll keep upping the ante for us. In a decade, $50,000 per year might turn into $100,000 per year, and the dreamer within us fades away. A soulless drone takes over, ready to worship a corporate empire. Or, an empire itself.

 
No, as indie-authors, or anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset reading this, you’re better. You’re better than the Pepsi Guy, who sold his soul like a stock to corporations. You’re better than all, the 85-90% of people, who’ve done the same, and those who continue to do so.

 
Join the 10-15% and keep that dream alive. Somewhere, someone wants to read your work. Someone is going to be inspired, and you’re the inspiration. You’re the motivator, the one helping others keep their dreams alive.

 
Keep. Them. Alive.

 
Do your true duty, fulfill your true purpose.

 
It’s your life and remain in control.

 
Don’t let your day job brand you, define you, and definitely don’t let them bribe you.

 
I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

 

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