Giving advice on writers forums. I don’t like to do it, but there are time I see new writers struggling with issues. Like a fool I give the best, and safest advice I can. It always turns out the same. I will start getting backlash from little groups. Which is okay…these people are on forums, and you can’t get away from them. After a time it gets to be where it’s not worth the headache. Three years ago I was on a writers forum, and a new member posted: “I have been out of work for six months. My wife is pregnant. If I write a book, how long will it take me to get a lot of money?” The replies were, (and there were many) “Go for it.” “You can do it.” There’s a lot to be made writing books. Mine is almost done.” “Write a book, and sell it as an EBOOK. You can get rich. I just posted my EBOOK on Amazon.” Post after post, telling this poor guy to spend his time writing a book. I posted my comment… “If you have never written a book before, it could take one, or more years just learning how to write. To write a good book, you need talent. Lets assume you have talent, and you write a book in one week. Lets also assume you find an agent with just one query letter. Again, lets assume your agent sells the book to a publisher within hours. It will take one to two years before the book is out. Here are true hard facts. Your chance of writing, and selling your book could take you ten years. It may never sell. Yes you could put it out as an EBOOK, and if you are lucky, you might make $300 to $500 the first year, and not much there after. My advice would be, “Spend your time looking for a job so you can take care of the baby you have coming. When life gets smooth, and you are paying your bills…spend some time writing a book.” My reply to this new member caused an explosion on the forum. The result? I was banned for trying to kill a dream. Well, I don’t think of myself as a good writer. I am a good business man. I know what it takes to keep your head above water. I also know what it’s like having a new baby, and being out of work. Before I started writing, I spent two years learning about how the publishing industry works. I never jump into anything blind…it’s bad business. I have since spent 90% of my writing time learning how to write. I keep up on market reports , and what is happening in the publishing industry…even who is working where. I also keep abreast of agents…who is, and who is not selling books. I make a monthly list of what houses are selling books, and how many first time authors they take on. I do know a little bit about the industry. I treat my writing as a business. I have five books done. Have I submitted any of my work? No. reason? The market is not in good shape. The whole industry is turning about, and even the experts don’t know where it is going. I will not throw any of my hard work into a world pool of confusion. Thus, because of those who refuse to take even the basic advice…I will no longer give advice. It’s just not worth it any more. I have other things on my plate.