Do You Wish You Could Write For Children Full Time?
If you are like most children’s book writers, I’m guessing you would love your writing work to be your full-time job.
And if you are like most children’s book writers, I’m guessing your books are not making enough money for you to earn a comfortable income.
Whether you are published or pre-published, most children’s writers know, the dream of writing books for kids doesn’t come with fame and fortune.
Now, my reason for wanting to write for children was never motivated by a dream for fame and riches. It was for the pure joy of it, for the chance to write the stories I wished existed when I was a child, and even for my own children today.
But it would certainly be nice if the dream could come with a living wage.
And that has not been the case. At all.
But does it have to be this way? Is it simply a fact of life that for those of us who write for children, unless we stumble upon the mother lode of stories that become the equivalent of a viral post, that we have to accept it will never provide us much in monetary compensation?
One of my current obsessions is learning from people who have discovered how to forge their own path, create new paradigms for being successful,
I was struck by one person’s mantra: there is always a way.
Could this truth apply here?
I’m not talking about trying to figure out the formula for tapping into the next viral fad in the world of kid lit. I’m not even talking about becoming wildly famous and wealthy.
I’m talking about figuring out how to spend the bulk of your time writing stories for children and making a decent living from it, without having to have a trust fund, a spouse who can support your family without your income, or without you having to also hold down another full-time job.
Is there a way for ordinary writers for children to in fact make a robust living from their craft?
That’s the question I want to explore.
I know they are out there, regular folks, just like you and me, writing for kids but also making it work for them financially.
How are they doing it?
Are they masters at marketing? Are they self-publishing? Are they somehow creating more income streams from their children’s writing?
I am really curious to find out what the possibilities actually are.
And if you are too, then stick around. Together, maybe we can crack the code and figure out how to truly live the life of our dreams as a full-time children’s book author.