I’m extremely nervous right now, yet excited. I’m taking a huge step tomorrow, a step that will make or break my career as a writer. I just finished penning my official notice to provide my job. My stomach is in knots, my heart pounding; my hands are shaking and ears ringing. I’m praying they allow me to work my full final two weeks as financially I’m counting on it.
When you decide your career, seldom do you consider the financials of it when it’s something you love. Like volunteer work, you get more emotionally and mentally from it than physically or financially. That is where I am at. I will be taking a cut in pay to write full-time, and that is on a great sales month. The truth of the matter is a lot of authors don’t make much more than the bare necessity to survive, but what we get out of writing, the satisfaction of fully developing and experiencing our characters, inspiring our readers and achieving a level of personal success, is supposed to make up for it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely worth the sacrifice; I will be following my dreams, pursuing my passion, but it will be at a cost.
They say that happiness is priceless, and I’m praying that they’re right. I’m taking a leap of faith, investing in myself and you, my readers, by taking this risk. I will take pride in saying that as of January 1, 2012 I will be a full-time author.
I’m going into this with high hopes and strong ambitions. I have so many wonderful stories I can’t wait to share with you all; books I’m anxious, dying, to write. As of right now, the glass is half full, but my hand is shaking as I hold it. Where your heart is, there shall your success lie, or so I like to think. I’m not asking to be Stephenie Meyer or J.K. Rowling rich or Stephen King successful; I just want to make enough to provide for my three children comfortably without fear of being forced back into corporate America again.
I want to personally thank each and every one of you because without you, this wouldn’t even be an option for me. I would still be sitting in my cube from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday with an hour drive to and from work each day. You all are affording me this chance, and I promise to make the most of the blessing. I am looking forward to entertaining you all for years to come. Whether it be on a beach beneath an umbrella with a cocktail (or mocktail) in hand during summer or in front of a fire, snuggled with a blanket, one of my books and a cup of hot cocoa in winter, I promise to make the time you invest in me and my characters worth it, or so I hope to anyways.
Thank you again! And here is to a wonderful, fruitful 2012!