This topic came up on one of the publisher loops to which I belong, but seldom participate in since I’m a newbie to the group. I now have two books under contract with the well-known publisher, but no releases yet. And if you’ve been reading my blog lately you know I have a bit of a dilemma…my cancer returned just after I signed the first contract. Actually, one month later to be exact.
Even with over 40 published stories, I hadn’t quit my day job. However, I only worked during tax time. My husband has supported our family throughout our many years together. He’s been my rock. On the loop, many of the responses were the same. All were women and while they may not work full-time jobs, their husbands have been the main support of the family.
I’ve seen several authors go the self-employed route…one significant contract and they jump right into the self-employment pool. I’ve seen some authors succeed and flourish, and some haven’t been able to do it. This will be the first time I’ll be able to say I’m a full-time writer since I have no intention of returning to the tax office in 2014. It’s just too much stress. And I’m in the fight of my life to avoid stress!
This is just my opinion, I think that the stress of having to make a living writing books can affect the author’s voice. If the stories are meant to have a lot of angst, then that could be a good thing. The year I had 12 releases I experienced extraordinary stress and it affected my work. However, my work is often riddled with snarky humor…and it’s hard to be funny when real life is sucking the fun away.
With the economy still balanced on the toilet lid, it’s risky business to become a full-time writer without a lot of consideration. In this economy it’s hard to make it with a single wage-earner in the family. And yet, we’ve seen some success stories to take our breath way with self-published books. In the end it’s risks verses rewards.
However, if you ask most well-known successful authors if it’s easy work, the answer will be NO! It’s hard to keep our butts in the chairs, our fingers on keyboards and the muse working for us. Writing books is not for sissies! It’s danged hard work that is not always rewarded. And even when it’s rewarded well, that doesn’t make it easier.
Project away…but don’t make decisions that will bring stress into your life.
My eyes are drawn to the earth in the hand holding the money tree…trying to stay grounded in my visualization!