Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Guess What I Do For a Living Now?

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I WRITE!!! :)


You read that correctly, guys!

I quit my job a couple of weeks ago, and have just settled into the groove of living my dream: Being a Full Time Writer for a living!

For the last few months, I've been quiet because I've been busting my balls writing stories under a variety of pen names, as suggested by a guy calling himself Throwaway Writer who gave some excellent writing advice on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/writing/comm...he_first_time/

That gentleman is making ~$1000/day from writing alone, so I took his advice seriously. Before I'd heard of him, though, I knew the old adage "Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket," so I was already busy, typing away.

Well, it all paid off :). For the last three months I've matched (and recently far exceeded) my salary at my corporate job, and was able to quit.

It was a surreal feeling handing in my notice, and even more surreal when people asked what I was going to do, and I just responded "write." This was met most often with blank stares, because, lets face it, it's like I told them my garage band just got signed by a major label or something equally impossible.

I'm living my dream.

When I was a child, I drew books with crayon before I could write. In the 6th grade I did an assignment where we had to present on what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wanted to be a writer. I majored in Writing/Literature in college, a degree which everyone thought was useless and fanciful.

I am so BLESSED that I'm able to do what I love and fulfill my childhood dream. I thank God every day. It still hasn't quite sunk in.

I got lucky, but I also worked incredibly hard. Right now I have almost 40 titles out. Soon I hope to make enough money to allow my husband to go back to school and follow his dreams.

I just wanted to share and say that with indie publishing, it IS possible to make a living as a writer :). I did it, guys! And all it took was hard work, luck, and determination instead of years and a mountain of query letters.

10 comments:

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Congrats! I hope to be able to follow in your footsteps!

Tere Kirkland said...

Amazing news! Couldn't have happened to a better person. Congrats, Becca!

Rebecca Knight said...

Thanks, Sandra and Tere! :D You guys are the best.

It seriously wouldn't have happened for me if I hadn't gone with self publishing. This money is mostly from short works, which I love to write, but only literary magazines would pay for.

Also, for a midlist genre author, you're lucky to ever be able to quit your day job, even if you had contracts pouring in.

It's amazing the opportunities that e-books are providing writers with now.

Callie Kingston said...

This is seriously awesome,Becca! I'm totally stoked for you. Now you and I need to meet up for a toast!

Callie

Callie Kingston said...

And way to inspire other independent writers!

Callie Kingston

lisanowak said...

Very cool, Becca. I'm impressed.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Yay for u rebecca

Rebecca Knight said...

Thanks so much, you guys! :) I'm just happy I can share this with you all. You know it's been a long journey, and now it has a happy ending.

Angela Carlie said...

Yay! Rebecca, this is awesome news! Maybe you can join us on some of our tour stops this spring now that you are home. We've missed ya!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Congrats! I know this is an older post, but a friend just pointed me here. Best of luck with your continued success!