36 real authors give us an in depth look at their successes, their mistakes, and their careers as writers. There is nothing in the world as incredible as creating something, and getting to hear about other people enjoying it. You know that you’ve made a change in someone's life, even if it’s only in a small way. It’s one of the best feelings in the world. Everyone who becomes a professional author does so for different reasons. They each face different obstacles, have different goals, and choose different paths. The more authors that a new writer gets the opportunity to learn from, the greater the chance that they’ll find someone they resonate with, and that they’ll discover something that can help them in their own career. Some of the authors in this book are self-published; others are traditionally published. Some have worked with agents, and others have chosen to represent themselves. Some authors in this book generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties, while others have just finished their very first novel. Some exclusively write fiction, some non-fiction, and some write a bit of both. Some of them write just for the joy of writing, others for the money, and still others because they have a story that NEEDS to be told. If you take your writing seriously, and are keen to be the best author that you can be, then How to be an Author: 36 Real Authors Talk Writing and Publishing is the book for you.