Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on amazon.com. You can access her bibliography on www.amazon.com search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan




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Phone numbers: 904 714 2272 904 303 2679

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Love's Profits...

Ask anyone who has ever kept a diary, journal or who loves placing words on paper,
If they love to write, and almost every time the answer will be a resounding,
Yes,
No one loves writing more than I,
I have always been a writer,
Carrying around a notebook,
Usually a simple bound one,
That I can jot down words in,
The other day I was looking around my home office,
And throughout my bookshelf were journals, notebooks and more journals,
Years of observations, musing and straight up crazy thoughts,
I have passed on that love of the written word to my sons,
You will almost never see one of them without a notebook of some type,
Writing lyrics, screenplays, notes or something…
However, the question these days becomes, does a writer write for love or money,
Most die-hard writers will immediately say,
For love,
And they will be telling the truth,
But the truth also is that when a writer decides to publish their work,
The intent is to get paid for what they have written,
Otherwise why publish,
I have heard many pundits rip authors a new one,
When they discover they have made a ‘commerce’ decision,
Indicating that if they were truly writing for the love of the written word,
It wouldn’t be about money,
It isn’t just about money,
But I kid you not, once the decision to publish is made,
The intent is to get as many people as possible to go into a bookstore,
Online or author’s website and pay to receive a copy of said author’s work,
That is just how it is,
Otherwise we could all write our stories and offer them up for free to everyone,
So the question becomes is it for love or for money,
I will step out on a limb and say, both in most cases,
Most of us go in knowing that as writers,
Mostly we will keep our day jobs or have other sources of income coming in beyond our writing, but we also want to earn something for our efforts,
However, die hard writers, such as myself will continue to write even beyond the days,
When people are paying for what we are writing, because we were writing before anyone was paying,
But we must keep it real, if we decide to publish our work,
The intent is prayerfully that someone will purchase it,
Don’t let anyone tell you any different…

Blessings,
angelia

7 comments:

shelia said...

If writing is a career choice, the answer is for love & money. It can't be JUST for love if you're not trying to get it published and out to the general public. The love has to be there because you never know how "the public" is going to accept the story that you're working on. The love has to be there in order to sit day by day and pour out your heart and the heart of your characters to a blank page. The love definately has to be there to listen to some critics analazying your words and some might get it and others may not. Money isn't the lead in the love & money marriage, but in order to sustain a career, the writer wants the money so they can do what they love to do--write.

Angelia... said...

And that my people is the written truth as written by a Writer! Thanks Shelia...

Blessings,
angelia

JC Martin said...

There's nothing wrong with loving what you do while getting paid to do it.

I agree with Sheila, when it comes to authors you have to love what you do because you aren't sure how the readers will react to it.

Angelia... said...

Exactly,
but I have seen a theme amongst some that writing is only about the love of art, or in the humble opionions it should be, but you have my word that you can love it and earn from it, isn't that truly ideal, to be able to earn from that which you truly love, me thinks so...

Smooches,
angela

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right that once the decision is made to publish, you hope to get paid for what you've written. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Love it!

G-Nice

Angelia... said...

Thanks G-Nice,


smooches,
angelia

Anonymous said...

I agree that when you love to write you do it for the love and if the money comes alone thats great......but you also has to be true to yourself and say deep down I am really writing because I want to be published, I want to see my name in lights I want to finally be...............


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