I have a second job now. I am a professional writer. Yes, I will be paid.
Everyone I have asked says “Do it for the love of writing, because you have to write…don’t do it for the money.”
Yes, I do it because I love it. But it is nice to know I will get a little something for my efforts now.
However, this is one thing I didn’t consider. I signed my contract in April. I will be working on this for seven months on a strict schedule that they have provided to me. A few weeks before release date, the marketing will start, and continue for a few months after that.
I will not see anything in the form of compensation for all this work until May of next year. That’s an entire year after signing the contract.
Between you and me…I haven’t told my husband that yet. He knows that the checks won’t be huge unless the anthology is a runaway bestseller. Thank goodness he is happy because I am happy. If his sights were just on payday, it will be a long and possibly disappointing wait.
Now that I think it over, and look at everything that needs to be done to publish a quality anthology— all that time makes sense. In the end, you will get out of it what you put into it, both in the writing and in the marketing. I now understand how authors can get 1-2 novels out in a year…it’s because they have to. There is a ton of work involved, but for those of you who are lucky enough to only write for a living, you need to keep pumping out that material, because the fruits of you labor, once you get that contract, are about a year away.
Do I find this discouraging?
The paychecks are secondary. I am lucky enough to have a day job… as well as three new novels outlined. Once I finish this edit and submit my MS to the editorial staff, I will flip a coin to decide which, and delve into something new.
Do it for the love of writing and storytelling. Anything you get in retrospect will just be a bonus.