Eversince I embarked on my writing career, I've never had a day of rest because I also had a day job to contend with. Most of the time, when I came home from work, I'd scribble a few paragrpahs down then have dinner with my family. By the time I got back to writing it was already very late and I'd force myself to write as much as I could in case I forgot it the next day or my mojo decided to take a temporary hike.
When I started writing and became published in 2013, the book industry wasn't as competitively fierce as it is now. To a certain extent, writing then for me was a hobby. But times have chanced and needs must. I need to make a go of my writing career to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. Man, how priorities change over the years! Now, I have to also looking into marketing if I want to forge a lucrative writing career but with so little time in the day I often have to decide what to do during that small amount of time - write or market. Finding a literary agent was like finding a leprechaun's pot of gold also. Not all of the ends of rainbows have one. God knows I've spent so much on marketing modules even paying as much as $299 for something that didn't bring in revenue at all by someone who said that paranormal erotic romance would be considered by libraries. It was only after I learned more about silf-publishing did I discover that American libraries (which this person was saying was going to help me spread the word of my books) blocked any ebooks that had erotic content. That was a painful and very expensive lesson learned.
Now I've decided to really take my writing career seriously. I've enrolled in Self-Publishing 101 by Mark Dawson and so far I have learned more in a few modules than I have learned with any of the free or more expensive writing modules around. I'm going to take all of of his suggestions in stride and hopefully jumpstart my writing career once more. I've come such a long, long way to quit now. Besides, not only do I owe it to myself to do this.
I owe it to my characters and the few loyal readers to keep my worlds alive.