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May 02, 2017


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camille minichino

Barber's article gives an excellent perspective - Even without converting from pounds and pence to US currency, you get his point.

It's unusual for a contemporary author to ask for patronage ($1/month!), but it's not a new idea.


This is soooooooooo spot-on. I call myself a full-time writer. But, actually, I write, edit, and work with university students. Writing alone would not be sufficient...not close. AND I have a husband with a full-time job. Full-time writing would be wholly difficult without another income in the house.

Michael A. Black

Great summation of the life of a modern writer, Ann. I didn't quit my day job either.


Hi Camille!
I've seen more than one writer take the crowdfunding path... somehow that seems a little strange to me, but if bookstores can ask their patrons to buy "memberships" and what-have-you, why not?


Hi Jean!
Yep, I'm a full-time writer too! But the fiction writing is actually not even a half-time gig. Most of my word-spinning efforts are for clients. I'm eyeing the point at which I can start taking my "full share" of Social Security. At that point, I shall re-calculate...


Hi Mike!
Yep. Bills must be paid...besides, I rather enjoy the work I do. If I didn't, I'd probably be looking at other alternatives for making ends meet (taking Social Security early, for instance).

Ellen Kirschman

My heart goes out to countless writing colleagues who cobble together an income so they can write. I'm grateful I don't have to depend on my writing to pay the bills and happy to have social security.

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