I have strongly considered becoming a writer for my career pursuit. I currently have hit a dead-end in my career. I dropped out of college a couple of years ago to start my own business which experienced little success. I purchased liquidated merchandise and resold on eBay. I also ran a few websites. I only earned $18,000 my first year.
I then became frustrated on eBay and wanted to get away from it, because it was becoming more and more difficult finding inventory (to turn a profit), dealing with complaints, taxes, etc.
I then focused on writing and blogging. This hasn’t turned out as well as I had hoped. I currently run several websites and blogs (for the past year or so), which receive a total of about 20,000 hits per month, but only earn me about $250. I am getting bored with it, and I am interested in writing some novels and possibly non-fiction.
Everything I read online basically says, “Don’t do it, you won’t make any money, or you might not get published.” This worries me quite a bit, as I do not want to go from one failure to another.
Can you give me any advice on your experience in terms of getting published and income levels? I have been through a lot of frustrations, disappointments, and failures in life–and I feel I could write a lot about those topics. I would be thrilled with just $20,000 or more per year.
I also have a very frustrating physical hives condition which makes writing at home just about the only plausible career path I can take. I also hate to be around people too much (I am an INTJ personality).
Thanks in advance!
(Please excuse any typos as I am not worried about it for the sake of the question)