Writing in Hell or How to Sell Your Soul for Fortune and Fame

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”- Mark Twain

About a year ago I was in rather dire straits financially and emotionally. I wasn’t happy in my job, and desperately wanted to get my writing career going, but was very frustrated at the process of breaking into the literary world of published authors.  At one point I joked that maybe it was “time to make a deal with The Devil.”  Little did I know that a few months later I would be asked to write stories for the shared world anthology series, Heroes in Hell. Coincidence?  I think not. Maybe it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Maybe it was just luck. The devil’s own luck, some would say. Many of us authors involved in writing for the series have kidded around that we must have all sold our souls to one of the series’ recurring and prominent characters, His Satanic Majesty, or HSM. But then most writers agree that they probably already did that years ago, and being a writer is torturous payback enough for our mis-deeds in life.

“The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.”  -William James
 
Seriously though, almost every author wants to reach a level of success and wealth that will ensure they can support themselves by their writing alone, and make a comfortable existence for themselves. And most will do whatever it takes to reach that goal. These days it means not just writing and publishing as much material as possible, but promoting your work as well. Fewer and fewer authors are relying on paying agents a cut of their money to do what they can do themselves. And more and more authors are publishing under small presses, E-Presses or publishing their writing themselves and no longer need to rely on an agent to sell and promote their work.
That being said, here is my shameless plug for the book in which my first published story is featured:
 
 
 Lawyers in Hell (c) 2011 Janet Morris will be published July 2011. I hope you will join me on a little trip to Hell this Summer.

“Listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go.”
-E. E. Cummings

 
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  1. Good article. You did it again 🙂


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