When I graduated high school, I wanted, more than anything, to be an author. I had a writing college on the east coast picked out. My parents, however, didn’t see any money in writing. They convinced me to go to a four year university to study. They said I could write on the side. I am glad that they did that because my life has turned out alright.
However, if you are a young adult, look into all of the careers associated with writing before you make your final decision. Editors for magazines and publishing companies make a lot of money. Self-employed editors can also make a decent income if they can generate enough clients. Freelance writing can bring in some cash. There are all kinds of writing careers besides writing books. And, one of these careers can bring you connections and experiences that will help you get that book published and marketed so that more people will take a look at your work.
I am a self-published author. I would like to have an agent and be published by a publishing company some day. If you have any questions about my experiences so far, leave a comment below.