When asked what I like most about being a writer, my answer has to be pink, fuzzy slippers. I love the idea of being able to lounge around in my pajamas and slippers, sipping coffee (or wine in the evenings…still in my pajamas) while I pound out ideas on my keyboard. Notice I said I love the “idea” of that. In reality, there is so much more to being a writer than the writing. Had I only known…I would have done it again. I would have budgeted more time though.
I’m still working fulltime in the Air Force at the Pentagon, raising two teenage daughters, trying to keep on good terms with my husband, volunteering for various causes, and keeping my writing dreams afloat. If I can find quiet time to myself, I knock out a few chapters here and there. The hard part is all the other things that go into being a writer. If you’re already famous, you can afford to hire out the mundane tasks that go on behind the scene, but if you are like the majority of authors, you do it yourself. There’s a website to create and upkeep, bookstores to make contact with, book signings to organize and attend, professional organizations that request your time, newsletters and journals to read to keep current, blogs to write (and read!), other social media to update so your family doesn’t disown you. The list goes on and on.
I’ve decided to retire from the Air Force and rearrange my schedule so that the author’s life is my primary work. Hopefully that will free up my evenings and weekends to spend with my family before our daughters go off to college. I’ve also decided to invest some of my retirement money on my writing career, hiring professionals to handle what they are best at. It’s a financial risk, but one that I think will pay huge dividends in my happiness and quality of product. I will be happier for being able to spend my time doing what I like to do rather than trying to become an expert in publicity and marketing. In the end, they will provide a better product than I could do on my own, and I will have more time enjoying my stories. I see this as a win-win, and I get to get a new pair of slippers.
Title: TRISH’S TEAM