Earlier this week, I came across a hilarious post on The Awl titled Ego Checks You May Encounter As A Blogger-Turned-Book-Writer. Written by Claire Zulkey, the article lists several reality checks for everyone, not just bloggers, who have designs on writing a book.
What makes the post so hilarious, you ask? The fact that damn near all of it is true. My favorite one, especially given how relevant it is to my current situation:
The process of writing, editing, selling, editing and publishing a book is agonizingly slow, perhaps even slower for the blogger who is used to the immediate gratification of seeing work published immediately.
A book can take a full year (sometimes a year and a half) to be published after it’s been sold. This can be hard to explain to your father, who wants to know why it takes so long and you realize you’re not sure you know exactly, even though it’s been explained to you. Incidentally, your father may have offered to publish your book himself if you couldn’t sell it, which is heartbreakingly touching and frustrating at the same time.
God, the truth hurts.
Check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self and read the entire post at The Awl, linked below.