I've always felt writers needed to devote all of their time to their writing. And if they did have to have a "day" job, it should be something that wouldn't be too mentally demanding, allowing them to save all that mental energy for writing. When I sold my first novel back in 1984, I had a plan: make enough money to write full time, then keep making money. I wanted to work at home, and I wanted to get rich. I believed that was the only way to go. I'd already quit my job. If I was wrong, I was seriously screwed.
It did work out. My agent had the same objective, and she was the one I'd put my money on in any negotiation. Sometimes I suspected she could even make Godzilla run for cover. I was glad she was on my side.
But there's a downside to writing full time. If you're dependent upon your writing for a living, you don't have the luxury of being able to dig in and fight if you're having a disagreement with your publisher...unless you're Stephen King, J.K. Rowling or Dan Brown, in which case you're making enough money to keep your publisher waiting until Doomsday! But if you're King, Rowling or Brown, they'll give you whatever you want anyway.
Maybe, then, it's best for most of us to have other jobs or careers and write on the side. Maybe it's best to have the luxury of being able to write what we want to write without having to worry about what's currently popular. Maybe my father was right when he urged me to have another career. It's a bit late in the game to pursue another career now, but there was a time I wanted to be an astronomer. I might have pursued that, had it not been for the math requirement in the curriculum. Or maybe zoology--I love anything to do with animals.....
What do you think? Is it best for authors to write full-time, or should we all keep our day jobs?
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At Beishir Books, I'm featuring the cover--done beautifully by Collin, of course--for Shelly Arkon's upcoming short story release, The Partner's Progeny...
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