I've been reading a lot lately about the misconception that published authors earn so much from their work, they are in an enviable financial position where they can immediately give up their regular job and concentrate solely on writing.
To earn enough from writing alone, a writer needs quantity as well as quality. Presumably - and I'm not an expert - the authors who are able to rely on their creative writing alone are a very rare species - which will probably become rarer with the global down turn biting us hard. We're all affected by it - in my own world I've seen a dropping off of some work. To be fair, I've also seen an increase in other sectors of my work - people still need advertising, marketing, brochures and web content. My work is 'steady' so I've got my fingers very firmly crossed.
Would I be happy to give it all up to promote and champion my novel? You bet I would!
What work do you do in your world? Would you be happy to give it up for a writing career, or would you think twice before jumping in with both feet?
Lots of love
P.S. A big thank you to Martin Willoughby for my new award, One Lovely Blog. I'd hoped that I would receive this one, and thanks to wonderful Martin, it has pride of place on my shelf. Thanks Martin!