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Don't Quit your Day Job

Postby charlesp » Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:08 pm

Article in Intergalactic Medicine Show (I hope you can see it without being logged in, I think that's how the articles work) on the ubiquious advice for new authors to not "quit your day job".

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C Clarke
"Coffee is sufficiently advanced technology" - Merlin Mann
One day I realized that sadness is just another word for not enough coffee." - Wally (Dilbert)
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:15 pm

Day job? What day job? :twisted:
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Postby pengwenn » Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:54 pm

A writer of speculative fiction can earn awards, the respect of peers, and the admiration of fans. However, what the writer frequently does not earn is a living wage solely off of spec-fic writing. To many, this is a depressing consequence of working for love instead of money. Or as Schweitzer says, "It's enough to put the Sigh back into Sigh Fi."



How true. Especially the last two sentences.
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:03 pm

You got it, PW. And if you have the NERVE to expect compensation for your work, they almost expire from the shock. I love the editors who try to convince you that you should contribute your work just for the "prestige" of it. Have they tried eating prestige, i wonder?
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Postby pengwenn » Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:17 pm

Put a little salt and ketchup on it and you might get it down. :lol:
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Postby RichardLowry » Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:26 pm

Hello All,

Sorry its been so long since I posted, but I have been working hard at a day job.

I am seriously considering quiting my day job in order to work on my next book project. I would have to move to Washington DC to do the research. I am trying to get the proper authorization from the military and raise the needed financial backing that will enable me to spend the next two years researching and writing.

This will be a giant step for me. "Marines in the Garden of Eden" was successful by most publishing standards, but it hasn't even come close to generating my living expenses.

If I decide to make this dramatic move, it will only be driven by my belief that the book needs to be written, not by some pipe dream that I will make a fortune and become the next Tom Clancy.

I guess we all do this because we like to write.

Richard
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Postby TheMudge » Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:13 pm

Or NEED to write . . . or believe the story needs to be told.

Good luck, Richard--don't be a stranger!
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:30 pm

That takes guts, Richard! Hope you succeed in a big way.
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Postby Chairman » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:10 am

Go for your dreams, Richard! The worst thing that can happen to one is when one has a good idea and cannot use it!

...bleak words of encouragement... :cry:
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Postby Richard Day Gore » Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:13 am

You have a lot of courage to even consider going it without a safety net. If that same passion goes into your writing, I'll bet it will make a great read!
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Postby hyperfine » Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:35 pm

Now, if only I HAD a day job.

*polishes resume one more time*
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Postby pengwenn » Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:38 am

I wish I DIDN'T :roll:
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Postby xcheck24 » Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:19 pm

wish i had a new one
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Postby Mlou » Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:47 pm

"If wishes were horses....." :-D
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Postby xcheck24 » Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:16 am

i got woken up shortly after 7 a.m. cali time because i got a phone call about a story. I'M ON VACATION!!!
I need a new job. lol
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Postby Jamie Ford » Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:04 pm

Good article.

If you haven't read Gardner's classic, On Becoming a Novelist, it's well worth it. Deals with the same realities. He says the same thing--to basically marry someone that can support you.
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