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Five jobs for writersWe 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:

  1. Publishing
    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
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Why authors are unhappy

I just read Seven steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott.  The authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:

  • Why authors are unhappyUnhappiness
  • Wanting
  • Commitment
  • Wavering
  • Letting Go
  • Immersion
  • Fulfillment

I will not belabor the points here; you can read the book yourself.  But I do want to point out that the authors cover something that is sometimes over looked and misunderstood:  unhappiness.

This unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own  limitations. Newbie writers think of  unhappiness as failure, many writers and creatives consider  unhappiness as a sign of  inadequacy or … Read more

Maybe you watched it – the Viral video about fame featuring Russel Brand and Lady Gaga lamenting the hollowness of fame and how being famous didn’t really make them happy. Speaking as an audience member and not participate, I wouldn’t mind confirming this for myself. I’d like to give all that money and fame thing a whirl, then tearfully admit it wasn’t all I thought it would be, but wow, those clubs are fantastic!

Got that out of the way.

The essential message isn’t bad. For writers, our wildly successful path looks like Emmys and Oscars and Pulitzer Prizes.  Just … Read more

Quiver of the Pure HeartOur on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Burnita Bluitt’s  debut novel, Quiver of the Pure Heart, began as a love-letter to San Francisco’s painted ladies. However, after uncovering the Western Addition Victorian’s dark history, she felt compelled to shine a light on their tragic past, and on the forces that left an indelible impact on the Fillmore community which is still felt today.

Quiver of the Pure Heart was not only a labor of love, but one of, well, labor.

Her road to publication is one many of us have traveled, and if you have not, Burnita’s experience … Read more

Gravity of Birds

Gravity of BirdsOur on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Like so many of our novels, Tracy created The Gravity of Birds from other works.

“I had two short stories I liked, but couldn’t seem to finish. One was about how the relationship between two sisters is altered when one is forced to assume the role of caregiver for the other. The second story concerned a young man, recently out of school, who unexpectedly finds his career on a downward trajectory, a situation he’d never prepared himself for. No matter how I tried, none of the endings I came up with seemed … Read more

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