Gary Jonas: Buying Freedom

In October 2014, I took control of my writing career. I got the rights back to five books, and brought out a new novel (Anubis Nights). Within a year of getting my rights back, I was able to quit my day job and become a full time writer. Since then, I’ve written and published 14 novels, a holiday novelette, and some books under pen names that I’m not public with because I don’t want anyone messing up my Also-Boughts.

I still remember how I felt when I launched the books myself. Had I made the right decision? What if nobody bought the books? What if nobody liked the books? What if I couldn’t cut it as a writer and had to settle for working in management at a grocery store? But I took the chance, and it paid off.

I’m certainly not the most successful writer around, but I love writing these crazy books, and I make a solid income so I don’t have to worry about paying the rent. I make a lot more now than I could have made working in the grocery business, and I enjoy what I do. Who could ask for more?

If you have dreams, chase them! You never know, you just might catch them.

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