Sunday, 30 August 2015

Life Moves On

I don't know how to write this without it sounding like a long 'poor me' whine so I'm just going to say it.

I'm not making enough money to carry on writing. I'm going to stop soon and get another job to add to the Brown family income - see below. I say soon because I've got writing commitments with other authors and I want to honour them. I've also got books already in production so I'll be around for a while.

However it's not enough to live on and now I cannot cope. Since 2013 my royalty income has substantially decreased and now it's at crisis point. I'm a single parent and so tired of being financially up shit creek. The books aren't selling.

Many many authors have hit the same brick wall and I could give you the excuses; Kindle Unlimited, not part of the shiny new wave, not writing what people want to read, life has sucked lime green donkey balls, but the fact is, it doesn't matter any more.

It's time to regroup and move on. I'm looking for additional authors to add to my personal assistant portfolio as I love doing that job.

Okay, that's it. End of announcement. Much love to you all. 

42 comments:

  1. Sad to see you go, but family comes first. You will be missed but not forgotten.

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  2. I'm very sorry to hear this and completely understand. Do what's best for you. A time may come when something else is best. You're leaving an amazing legacy even if you never write another word again. Having said that, this is pretty much the reading world's loss and I for one will miss looking forward to new Sue Brown words.

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  3. I'm gonna miss you but I understand you.

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  4. Oh my God. Nooo, say it ain't so! You have been tops on my list or years, but I get it. Family definitely comes first. I hope you will come back and write again when things are better. I do have many of your books on Kindle waiting to be read. As always, I adore you Sue!

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  5. I am so sorry to hear that. I've thoroughly enjoyed your books. I hope life improves for you and your family.

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  6. I'm so very sorry to hear this. Yours were some of the first books I read and admired in the romance genre and I'm shocked to think of how few of those first wonderful inspiring authors are still writing, or have pulled away from the disheartening and depressing environment found on social media. Good luck with the job hunt. I hope you find something that's fun as well as lucrative.

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  7. I'm not sure if my comment was eaten...but I'll try again.

    I love you & your books, but completely understand that everyone's priorities are to those closest. I hope you find a job that is both beneficial and holds some interest for you.
    Hugs
    K-lee

    PS what is a "personal assistant portfolio? Message me, perhaps?
    PSS I apologize if you end up with two different comments from me. Lol.

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  8. You'll be missed by me and the whole genre, but family first and all that.

    A gentle reminder... It isn't all or nothing. Maybe step back and find the joy in life and in writing again before closing doors permanently. Writing part time doesn't make you any less an author.

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  9. HUGS. Never say never. Life finds a way, right? We haven't heard the last of you, sweetheart. <3

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear that!! I love your books. I completely understand financial crisis, it becomes extremely stressful and can make life a living hell!! I wish for you many days of less stress, many more good days than bad and maybe just maybe more days where you can find a balance in life to write books with less pressure. Positive thoughts and prayers for you and your family

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  11. Your books have given me so much reading pleasure so I'm sorry to hear this. Wishing you good luck finding another job and I'm sure there'll come a time you'll be writing again.

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  12. I'm really sorry Sue, I wish I could say something that would help you feel more positive but I understand. X

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  13. You have to make some tough decisions Sue, but I for one will be devastated to see you leave. However never say never. One day perhaps you'll be back with a smile. Good luck my friend in whatever you choose to do.

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  14. You have to make some tough decisions Sue, but I for one will be devastated to see you leave. However never say never. One day perhaps you'll be back with a smile. Good luck my friend in whatever you choose to do.

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  15. I'm so sad to hear this but I certainly understand. You have to be able to take care of your family first. You never know, though, so I'll still keep my eyes open for the possibility of a new release!

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  16. So sorry to read this. I love your books. I hope you can find time to come back to writing some time in the future, and good luck with everything else.

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  17. OK so it has taken me nearly 24 hours to respond but that was only because I didn't know what to say. Yes as an author you will be sorely missed. Who is going to give us sexy vets or cowboys now? I completely understand and I know how important your family is to you. Until they get to a point where they can keep you in a style to which you should become accustomed it will always be a struggle.
    As for my own selfish needs, you are my Fairy Bookmother and I hope you will continue to be. You were the first real life author to make contact and meet me and you have always been so encouraging and supportive. I will never forget that and I hope that I don't have to!
    Just remember that even if you don't want to talk books, there will always be Earl Grey and Victoria sponge waiting for you here. Txx

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  18. mi dispiace molto sentire questa notizia, amo molto i tuoi libri e mi mancherai anche in mezzo a tanti! un augurio felice per te e la tua famiglia, spero che non sia la fine ma solo un intermezzo. un bacio

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  19. Sue, I'm so sad to hear this. I wish you good luck for everything and I do hope we'll meet again sometimes. (((hugs)))

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  20. Mi dispiace !!!! Mi mancherai tantissimo Sue, ti auguro ogni bene con la speranza di ritrovarti presto, baci e abbracci

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  21. Questa è stata una notizia tristissima! Amo i tuoi libri, amo come scrivi, mi mancherai infinitamente. La vita a volte è ingiusta e non permette di vivere come ci piace, spero e ti auguro di cuore, che questa sia solo una parentesi e che tornerai presto ad illuminarci le giornate con le tue magnifiche storie. Un abbraccio forte! ♥

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  22. Very sorry to hear this. Good luck, Sue!

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  23. I am sad to hear this. I love your writing, and I hope we have the opportunity in France to still have your translated publications.

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  24. I'm sorry you have to take such a decision. But I can understand you. I wish you all the best for you and your family, and perhaps in the future you can to back to your passion!

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  26. Hi, Italian is an author , self , sorry to read this , but I understand . I hope you'll be able to write and publish again and live in your writing .

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  27. sono molto triste. veramente tanto.
    la gioia e le emozioni che tu mi hai dato, saranno per sempre nel mio cuore. mi mancherai...
    grazie

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  28. Hi Sue, I'm so sorry to hear this, but I can understand. Met you in May was incredible and a honor. I love your books and I hope in the future you can back to write again. Kiss and hugs. Thanks all.

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  29. Well let me just say I am saddened because many of your books have been favorites of mine. However being a single parent your family must come first. Maybe you could just slip in a novel here and there. I know I would pick it up! Much Luck and Love to you <3

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  30. I love very much your books and I'm very sad to read that you must stop to write. I hope in a good future for you and your family. A future that allows you to write again your sweet, strong romance

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  31. I'm really sorry, good luck.

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  32. A sad decision, Sue. I wish you good luck and that life will treat you well enough to start writing again.

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  33. I'm very sorry to hear this, as you've written some of my favorite books. I agree with the others who've said you must do what's right for you and your family. I also agree with the person who said you don't have to give it up altogether if you don't want, but you'll figure out your own path and I'll always be grateful for your stories.

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  34. I'm very sorry to hear this, as you've written some of my favorite books. I agree with the others who've said you must do what's right for you and your family. I also agree with the person who said you don't have to give it up altogether if you don't want, but you'll figure out your own path and I'll always be grateful for your stories.

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  35. I'm very sorry to hear this, as you've written some of my favorite books. I agree with the others who've said you must do what's right for you and your family. I also agree with the person who said you don't have to give it up altogether if you don't want, but you'll figure out your own path and I'll always be grateful for your stories.

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  36. I'm so sorry :-( it's a big loss for you but also for us. We'll miss you, but I can undestand your choice. I hope things will change and you could return to write. Hugs

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  37. Sad news, Sue, but perfectly understandable. Best wishes for any future venture you undertake.

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  38. How the hell did I miss this, I even get emails that I read.
    I am so sad that you have had to come to this decision. I am an avid fan of your books. No one writes angst like you. I do understand why though. I'm hoping you might one day write an odd book here and there...
    Love you Sue :)

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  39. I also missed this since I just saw this link on FB. I have been somewhat disconnected this year. I am sorry to hear about your decision, but totally understand. I hope you can continue to write while juggling family commitments and an evil day job to pay the bills.

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