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Can a Writer Quit Their Day Job?

Most of us have a day job that pays the bills and then we write as our second job. All of us have the dream – our book makes the New York Times Bestseller list and we make tons of money and quit that day job. There are actually very few authors who can do that. If all you depend on is a best seller to make your dream come true, then you may want to rethink your plan. Since most of us won’t realize millions from a breakout book, we need to develop multiple sources for income that are related to our writing.

Consider developing some of the following:

1. magazine articles – online or print

2. write articles for Article Banks – top 10 on some lists are:

http://www.amazines.com
http://www.articlealley.com
http://www.articlecity.com
http://www.articledashboard.com
http://www.articledepot.co.uk
http://www.articlefinders.com
http://www.certificate.net
http://www.ezinearticles.com
http://www.freesticky.com

3. Participate in anthologies

4. Books

5. eBooks

6. Speaking and presenting to writers groups and conferences

7. Teaching writing classes

8. Blogs

9. Newsletters

10. Websites

You don’t have to do all of them at once, but you can decide which ones are your priority and add others over time. Then, you can plan to quit your day job one of these days. Be persistent and keep on working at your craft. I’m sure there are additional resources for income not listed here but this will get you started.

 


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NaNoWriMo and other things

I’m signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. With everything else I’m working on it may be interesting to try and make some progress on that as well. For those of you who are readers and not writers, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It takes place each November. People sign up from all over the world and write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel. That comes out to about 1700 words per day if you write every day. It’s a great way to get one done and ready for editing and revisions to submit to a publisher or agent.

I’m also in a group of 29+ writers who are organizing a virtual book tour on our blogs to begin November 15th. These are fun to follow you learn about new writers and new books and we help each other promote everyone’s books. Cool huh? I think so.

I’m 50% finished with the rewrite of my novel Escape, and plan to get it to my publisher by the end of this month.