People really don’t talk about this enough, but if you want to make money with your creativity, your product is almost secondary. Whether you’re a freelance writer, painter, potter, knitter, multimedia artist, video editor, violin maker – the product isn’t really the first and foremost in money making.
I spent nearly a decade of very sparse successes as a writer and flailing around like an idiot before I started getting guidebook work, a job as an Associate Editor at a travel website, and selling articles to magazines and newspapers, including The Boston Globe and LA Times. And I would love to save you years of flailing by telling you to stop getting hung up on your end product.
At least not exclusively. You really don’t want to end up like me, pissed off that my butlers never showed up. If you’re telling yourself your product should speak for itself, and are frustrated no one else cares about it, then you know what I’m talking about.