Beating the Odds – Daily Quote


Writer Joseph Epstein is quoted as saying, “81 percent of Americans feel that they have a book in them — and should write it.” UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) estimates 2.2 million new titles are published worldwide each year. Nielsen BookScan reported in 2004 that of 1.2 million books tracked, only 25,000 — barely 2 percent — sold over 5,000 copies. Add the fact that writing a book is difficult.

Instead of deterring me, those facts are motivation. If it was easy, everyone would do it. I am far from complacent. I am determined to learn everything I can; I practice and create every day. I edit, re-write, entertain criticism, and re-write again. With each piece, I strive to get a little better. With the odds stacked against me, I use it as the fuel for my daily writing sessions. As I compose each story, more of my competition falls away. In my book, Steven Wright has made more progress than most of that 81% of wannabe writers. At least he got the page numbers done.

What odds will you beat?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

14 thoughts on “Beating the Odds – Daily Quote

  1. Once your novel is completed and submitted to an agent the odds are about three thousand to one. All that says to me is that ” Very good ” is inadequate; “Excellent ” is needed.
    Practice, study, accept criticism. Keep writing!
    Thanks for the encouraging post, Jo!

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    • Thanks Penny. I know I am going to get there. I like marathons.

      Glad you found it encouraging. The daily quotes help me and I am thrilled when others find something they can use. 🙂


  2. When I published my memoir, one of my coworkers who just read it said “You know, I’m thinking of writing a book too. I have a bunch of anecdotes and stories I want to capture” as if it was something you do over a rainy weekend. Seeing as nowhere near 81 percent actually read books, I’m not sure where they think their skill to write one is coming from/

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