Crime novelist Kate Atkinson noted at the Hay Festival this weekend that while she loves to write, she would rather not have to publish. Her position is fascinating to me largely because I just don't get the sense that publishing is something that I *have* to do. I accepted long ago that while I would love to make a living off of my creative writing, it's probably not going to happen. Ever. Heck, I've been freelancing for almost two months and yet to make any real money off of that either (which is a little terrifying - when am I going to figure out how to turn my writing into viable self-employment?). I've always been aware that there will need to be something else in my life for me to make money from. I've just never thought that my creative work would be my sole source of income, so publishing has always been the ideal, the goal I want to reach, but also something I have learned to live without. I just approach my writing with an entirely different mindset.
What are your thoughts and expectations for publishing?