Overwhelmed, lately, with temporal demands. Torn between enthusiasm about new project(s) and indecision about job/apt/what city to live in. What kind of job do writers suggest getting these days? I'm trying to think of the published novelists I know who are my age and live in New York (or, in one or two cases, other major cities). How do they survive? (A caveat, this is anecdotal, not researched or verified; in some cases people could be lying or my impressions could be wrong.)
- Lives entirely off income from acclaimed major-publisher literary novels and maybe grants/fellowships, definitely doesn't get money from parents.
- Lives almost entirely off income from successful major-publisher novels and income streams that exist as a result of those novels, supplemented by some freelance work in a non-writing-related field.
- Makes some money off acclaimed major-publisher novels but still requires somewhat stressful full-time day job to live. Also gets grant money.
- Makes some money off major-publisher novels but is already wealthy from family money and lives according to whims and adventurous caprices.
- Makes some money off successful indie published novels, has no real job, gets money from wealthy parents although never acknowledges doing so.
- Makes a little money off novels, mostly freelances, somehow doesn't ever seem to have day job, may get subsidized by parents.
- Makes very little money off indie published novels, works shitty day job.
- Makes very little money off indie published novels, works a full-time but relatively easy/comfortable day job. Also gets grant money.
One of the above is me, but my description will soon change for any number of reasons.
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