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Why being a teenage author sucks


Don’t get me wrong, being a teenager and writing books is great! The look of astonishment and concern when you tell someone you’re 17 and have two published novels is gratifying. Having so much free time to write is amazing. Having 700 people in a high school to beg to read your book is a gift. Alas, like any coin, there are always too sides.

Seeing as I’m a teenager in the middle class who has no job because high school is a (excuse my language) bitch, I don’t necessary have the greatest following and here’s why.

1. Teenagers are stingy.

Teenagers usually either don’t have a job at all, or don’t have much money coming in from their job. It’s not that they don’t want to fork over $0.99 it’s just that they don’t see a point in giving their money to some student author who’s book could be crap for all they know.

2. I don’t have a job.

A day in the life of Madison Uram is generally busy. I’m not saying I go home to three kids, have to make dinner, give the dog a bath, and pack everyone’s lunches. I’m saying that I have to finish up my after school activities (directing a One-Act play), I have to consume dinner, finish homework, and try to keep my life situated in the meantime. Once all that is done, there’s no time for a job and who would hire a 17 year-old girl with no experience? Not you.

Why do I need a job? First off, publishers expect drafts to be submitted by an agent and without an agent self-publishing is basically your only choice. Then, if you want to run ads you have to pay money which I have minimal of because I’m trying to pay for prom. And lastly, to even put your novel on iTunes you need to pay for a memebership… AKA why I’m not on iTunes. Sorry.

3. Literally no one cares.

I can scream from the rooftop until my voice is gone about my novels, but I promise you that I will be extremely lucky if even one person buys my novel. This isn’t a pity party, it’s just how people are.

Has someone every advised a TV series to watch for you and despite the fact that it sounds perfect for you, you’re just too darn stubborn to watch it?

That’s how everyone feels about novels.

No matter how blown away they are that you wrote a novel, they don’t have the time or care to read it. And I can’t even blame them. I’ve read the short stories and poems my friends have written and if I heard one of them had written a novel, I wouldn’t pay money for it either.

Long story short, I love writing and I love when people read my book, I just wish more people would! If you feel the same, leave a comment below telling me of your plight. If you pity me, here’s the link to buy The Little Paragons and here’s the link to buy The Little Villains vvvvvvvv

The Little Paragons

The Little Villains



Author: Madi Uram

I'm just another young writer hoping to get noticed in the world of publication. The majority of my time is put into writing novels, but I'm no stranger to journalism, playwriting, and critical essay's, too. I'm also the author of "The Little Paragons" which can be found on Amazon.com.

2 thoughts on “Why being a teenage author sucks

  1. Hi, Madison! Congratulations, first of all, on even completing two novels—it isn’t an easy task. Consider them bought. Marketing and promoting your work, though … that’s the real bitch, so to speak. I’ve spent years trying to sell my two fantasy novels (The Redemption of Erâth, on iBooks and Amazon), and the sales haven’t peaked into triple digits yet.

    That being said, it isn’t impossible. A friend of mine, Nancy Chase self-published her first book (The Seventh Magpie), and has made several thousand sales from it. I’m not sure how, to be honest, but it can be done.

    I also understand you’re young—seventeen? Think about this: the longer it takes you to find your market and your success, the better your writing will be when it happens. Because it will happen. In the nearly two decades since I was your age, I’ve learned more than I could have imagined there was to know at seventeen, and none of it did I learn in school. I hope you find exciting, engaging and life-changing experiences in the next few years, and I know you will only get better for it.

    Lastly, look into Smashwords. You can publish to multiple platforms for free, including iTunes/iBooks.

    Well done, and keep writing!

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    • Thank you so much!! I will definitely look into your two novels and your blog! Thank you for the hope as well! I fear being young and uncertain on my future has made me impatient at times, but I look forward to learning as much as humanly possible in the years to come.
      Also, I will 100% check out Smashwords I’ve never heard of that so I’m excited to see where that takes me 🙂

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