The only reason I don't have Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog in my sidebar is because her husband Dean Wesley Smith recaps almost every post of hers on his blog, as far as I can tell. And my blog list is long enough as it is. Okay, two reasons.
Anyhoo, one of her recent entries had one line in particular which really caught my eye:
Now, consider this: Traditional publishers never expect to make a lot of money on one book. They expect to make a little bit of money on every book.
I doubt I'll ever be up there with Locke, Hocking and Konrath. But that doesn't mean that I can't keep working, adding to my digital shelf space, and in the end do well, bit by tiny bit.
The novel is being a stubborn son of a bitch, by the way. It absolutely refuses to finish up; as of today I'm just under 73K words. When I first started, I imagined that it would be about 50K. Then I thought it would hit 60K. Now I'm afraid that it will surpass 80K, even after I trim it a bit during revisions.
I guess I don't mind too much, but it's a bit surprising since I wrote my 32K novella earlier this year and at the time struggled to write that much!
OK, back to work!