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Don't Quit your Day Job

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:08 pm
by charlesp
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".

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:15 pm
by Mlou
Day job? What day job? :twisted:

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:54 pm
by pengwenn
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.

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:03 pm
by Mlou
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?

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:17 pm
by pengwenn
Put a little salt and ketchup on it and you might get it down. :lol:

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:26 pm
by RichardLowry
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.


Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:13 pm
by TheMudge
Or NEED to write . . . or believe the story needs to be told.

Good luck, Richard--don't be a stranger!

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:30 pm
by Mlou
That takes guts, Richard! Hope you succeed in a big way.

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:10 am
by Chairman
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:

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:13 am
by Richard Day Gore
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!
Richard Day Gore

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:35 pm
by hyperfine
Now, if only I HAD a day job.

*polishes resume one more time*

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:38 am
by pengwenn
I wish I DIDN'T :roll:

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:19 pm
by xcheck24
wish i had a new one

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:47 pm
by Mlou
"If wishes were horses....." :-D

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:16 am
by xcheck24
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

Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:04 pm
by Jamie Ford
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.