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Week 1: "What would I do if I couldn't be a writer"
This is a question that I need to answer soon since my personal life is currently facing upheaval. I love writing and I will continue to write, but the household bills will not wait for my books to become bestsellers. This is the first year since I became published, that I am looking to find a "real" job as my husband likes to say. I have four children who are growing out of their clothes faster than the seasons allow and they keep eating all of the food in the house! It's getting more difficult to stretch the dollars we have to allow me to stay at home to raise my kids and to write in the little free time that I can find.
Which brings me to this week's question.
In my heart, I know the answer because I've already done it.
I worked as a bookseller and Assistant Manager at Waldenbooks for 12 years. I started at one of the stores as a Seasonal Part-time Bookseller. I worked at the Day-by-Day Calendar stand that Walden's used to run, selling calendars from September to January. A few months later, I discovered one of the other Waldenbooks in my area was hiring, so I applied there. Thanks to my previous job and the high praise of my co-workers, I became a Part-time Bookseller in that store. It was challenging and exciting. I loved it! So much that I quit my other job working as a seamstress to become a Full-time Bookseller. It didn't take long before I was promoted to Assistant Manager. I knew then that this was the career (other than writing) that was perfectly suited to me. I learned so much about the publishing industry while working at this job which helped with my writing career. The Manager in my store and I got along famously and we had a marvelous crew of booksellers who have become like family to me (we still get together for coffee and other outings). It was my goal during those years that when my Manager eventually got promoted to District Manager (which was her goal), then I would become Manager of our little store and work there until retirement.
Sadly, my bookselling career was cut short as Borders, a sister company of Waldenbooks, went bankrupt. Within 2 years, all of the Waldens and Borders stores were closed and all of their wonderful employees were out of jobs.
I discovered a month before the bookstore closed that I was pregnant. After a lengthy conversation with my husband, we decided that I would become a stay-at-home mom, raising our 2 little boys and soon-to-be daughter while I pursued my writing career and he would continue to work to pay the bills. Later that year, my first book, The Witch and the Wolf, was published by The Wild Rose Press.
But, raising a growing family (we now have 4 children) and my husband's ill health has taken its toll on our finances and I don't have the time or support to write more books faster. I need to look elsewhere for money.
But, with no bookstore in my county (the nearest Barnes & Noble is an hour away), I'm not sure what kind of work I might enjoy that brings a decent paycheck home. I'm looking for suggestions if anyone has any. This is a situation that is both unexpected and daunting, but I know I will persevere. And no matter what happens, my readers will never need fear. I will continue to write. I've found the time to write while raising a busy family, and I will continue to squeeze time in with an outside job, too. Hopefully, my readers will be patient with me as I try to figure out what to do with my life.
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