Ah, this business! You plug along for years, putting out book after book,
hoping that your small group of readers will grow into a group large enough
that you might actually pay the mortgage. You plod along at a steady pace,
building slowly, while other authors evolve at lightning speed. Nothing happens
for years, and then suddenly, out of the blue, your books start to sell well.
Print runs go up. Your publisher tells you that they are going to do more to
promote your books. Your agent pumps you up and tells you you're becoming a Big
Deal, and you get all excited, even though you know she says that to all her
clients. They approach you about doing a tie-in novel to a soap opera. A
what? you cry, but you do it, because you're no fool.
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