I have no idea how to start a career as an author. If you are here for expert information, I’m sorry to tell you, but I don’t think I will be much help. However, if you want to know exactly what I’m going through as I try to make my living as an author, then you are in the ‘write’ place.
My current writing resume includes a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso, 2 published stories in 2016 in an anthology called Proud To Be, and two self-published books for Service Members: Traumatic Brain Injury, the Military and You and PCS Your Pets Overseas. I have a novel length manuscript that I wrote for my MFA thesis that has yet to find an agent or a publisher.
I have about 45 days until my final retirement day and my paycheck gets cut in half. Though I have applied and searched for a number of positions, I have not been selected for any jobs yet. I’ve made about $3 a month since I published my first book. I’ve listened to a bunch of podcasts on writing. I’ve read even more on how to write.
So what do I do? What do I want to do? I want to be a writer. So what I will try and capture here are my trials and tribulations, my lessons learned and lessons lost about what I did wrong and right on my journey to becoming an author that makes enough money to live on. Which I hear is hard. And right now, I”m inclined to agree with the masses.
I’ll include my monthly financial earnings on my books. My daily schedules to writing and marketing and publishing. What I’m reading and listening to in order to improve my skills and knowledge. And if you interested, then stick around.
In the next post, I’ll explain the evolution of my book that I wrote as my thesis for my MFA, tentatively titled The Soldier’s Journal. I’ll let you know what I’ve done to get it published, how I wrote it, and what are my next steps.
Feel free to comment along the way.