We all have other jobs – Damien owns his own company and works insane hours, Catharine is a Chief Storytelling Officer and college professor. I’ve learned that staying close to writing and what I love is actually good enough. Weighing that book down with both emotional and financial expectations can backfire causing massive writer’s block and pain.
Book sales don’t really pay the bills, so here are five ideas:
Working in the publishing industry is a no brainer. If you’re lucky enough to secure a job with a publishing house, or even like my niece, an internship, you can get top industry contacts and tips to help improve your own writing. Additionally, you’ll typically have access to many more avenues and important people to help promote your own publication aspirations. One popular job in this field is a book editor. There are different kinds of editors who work in the field, such as proofreaders or fact checkers. As a coach I work with the development phase and need to hire those wonderful proofreaders and fact checkers.
- Advertising, Marketing and Social
Some writers get their start in advertising and eventually make a transition to solely writing for publication. Or you can be like Ogden Nash and write poetry while also writing ads. The most directly related job is a copywriter, who is responsible for creating advertisement copy in a variety of ways. Many Social Media positions include marketing and writing.
Some published authors come directly from the field of journalism. It’s not unheard of for someone with a journalism degree and a strong career in writing feature articles to make the switch to writing novels. Like say, Earnest Hemmingway (without the suicide). Feature writing and fiction writing share some of the same characteristics. If you are so inclined, many community colleges, public universities and private universities offer degrees in jounalism.
USC offers a degree in communications
helping aspiring journalists who want to improve their skills in the field.
Many of us with advanced degrees default into Education. English, communications, marketing, social media, literature. Teachers in this subject can work on promoting their love of the written word to a young audience while also developing their own skills and talents in the field. Getting an advanced degree in education may be a wise choice to help you continue your career success. With summers off and plenty of holidays, you’ll have time to work on your publishing dreams.Click here to learn more about pursuing advanced study at Maryville University.
5. Public Relations
The last career option for someone who dreams of being an author is in public relations. Many public relations professionals are heavily involved in writing corporate communication materials or developing speeches for public figures. Working on this type of writing can be great practice to get your skill as a wordsmith even stronger.
Being a full-time writer can be a challenge to say the least. Most of us know that it’s not up to our books to earn us a living, we write for love and fame. The rest of it just looks like work.