For this week’s discussion, one of our foxes posed the following scenario: “You can no longer work in the book industry. What do you do to earn a living?”
I guess I’d have several choices. My first choice, I suppose, would be to simply enjoy retirement. I’m at the point in my life when I no longer HAVE to work. Our house is paid off, our children and several grandchildren are all grown and earning their own way, and all our major expenses are paid off. Both of us receive social security benefits as well as our pensions. I write because I NEED the creative outlet, but I publish because I WANT to. So if the book industry were to dry up, I would continue to write for my own enjoyment, but I suppose I could devote more time to my hobbies.
Now, if we needed the income and my part-time teaching position was no longer available, I suppose I would turn to one of those hobbies. Since I like to sew, I could apply to do alterations either for a dress shop or do business on my own. Our former fox Joselyn Vaughn creates wonderful fabric items that she sells online. I wouldn’t try to make the same type of things, but I’d search for my niche. And then there’s music. I don’t play as well as I did when I practiced several hours a day, but since my undergraduate degree required that I learn to play and teach each instrument in the orchestra, I could give private lessons.
Since releasing my first book, I’ve learned a lot about using social media. I’ve even done work for two of my publishers by posting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If I needed to, I could open up shop as a social media assistant. I’m on Linkedin and every day I see openings for companies looking to hire people to do online marketing.
So if publishing was no longer available to me, I wouldn’t worry about paying the bills. It’s not going to stop me from making up stories. I’d probably spend less time on it, but hubby and I will always have a place to sleep and food to eat, because there are plenty of things I can do to make sure we have what we need.
Do you have a back-up plan?