Thursday, July 16, 2009

Must Be a King

“He hasn’t got sh*t all over him.” I’m just going to grumble a bit about being covered with the muck myself… my complaint… them with resources, gots opportunity… Photobucket Case in point: Attend conferences. It is a strong recommendation for networking in the pre-published stage of a writing career, which I’d like to think I am. The problem? The day job. The family. And the lack of money to pay for conference, hotel or eating out. You see… I’m the only wage earner in my family right now. Michigan’s economy has been in recession since 2001 and I’m just darned lucky to HAVE a job. So physical conferences are an impossibility. [I throw out a HUGE thanks to Elizabeth for alerting me to the existence of online writer’s conferences, and I plan to make use of them once I can research a little which are most appropriate for me.] Issue #2: Know your market. I need to confess that I get 95% of my reading material at the library. I just can’t afford to buy brand, spanking new books very often. I reserve the honor for the rare books I will read several times through. I LOVE books, and I read as much as I can fit in (between the job, the writing, the family…) so mostly just on my commute—still, about 90 minutes a day. It just isn’t CURRENT. Issue #3: Time. I’ve listed my time suckers already, but there are other things that require time. The blog I like, so it’s not too tough to steal half an hour I can call a lunch hour for that. But researching ‘books in my genre’, agents, reading all the industry and writer info out there (this one I ALSO like, but have little time for). It just takes a lot of time I don’t have. What it all leaves me is fantasizing about a some day when I am only a writer for my job, when I can split my work day between writing and networking, instead of having to take out that bothersome trouble of spending 9 hours answering to the people responsible for my paycheck. But I have now read enough to think… this takes a while… no day job bye-bye until I hit BIG which may not be for several books, if ever… So I just felt compelled to throw a little pity party… tantrum over… I would LOVE to know though, what the norm is for published authors… How many books that are how successful does it take before a person can give up supplemental income?


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Oh, I'm a kept woman. If it weren't for my husband, I'd be living waaaaayyyyy below the poverty line.

When I had to, though, I made money as a journalist (even weekly newspapers need correspondents.) Or you could teach writing at a community college or a private school.

Conferences to check out online: "REGISTRATION
Fans and authors can register for the event at The $25 registration fee will enable online access and full participation to all of the virtual convention events. "

And: "October 12-18, 2009 will be the 4th annual Muse Online Writers Conference ( you can (and should) register now. Registration closes without exception August 1."


Watery Tart said...

Thank you so much, Elizabeth! When I think I can ALMOST make it as a novelist, I will definitely supplement with some freelance writing. At the moment though, we live in a hugely expensive city (Ann Arbor, MI) and I am a researcher, so it is a hard income to match doing anything except what I've spent the last 15 years climbing up the job scale to do. I think only real success will free me.

These conferences though--FABULOU opportunities, so thank you!!!