Wow! I really hope you’re following Pinch Hitter! I had Sirius radio in my Ford for a while and they played radio programs like, The Shadow, The Phantom, and even Superman. I started scheduling my late story nights so I was driving and could listen to the next episode. Now, I have Kenny Black!!! Can’t wait until next week!
Being that it’s April, I’ve just completed my taxes and hence, the title of my musings today. I made money again this year with my writing and that’s a wonderful thing! I’m blessed to make enough money with writing that I qualify to even file a tax return and that fact isn’t lost on me. It tops my daily “Thank You ” list every morning.
My CPA pointed out that I’d spent a lot more on the auto expenses and conferences in 2011 over the previous year. I pointed out that fuel has increased by 22% during that time and so have conference costs. He nodded and said, “What the heck has not gone up in the past year?” (Including his fee, by the way…)
That got me to thinking…
This list, though it may be short, includes things that have not gone up:
The number of dates I’ve had
My contract payment rate (per page/per word/per article)
The number of paid writing outlets (media’s shifting daily, it seems)
The number of vacation days I’ve actually spent vacating (I usually spend them working at the condo)
The number of rejections for my latest novel (read on!)
That last item might make you think, “Well, that’s a good thing!” And, if I’d incresaed the number of submissions over the prior year, it would be, but alas, I submitted to very few publisher/agents in 2011.
So, the point is that if you plan to make money writing, you must submit. A lot. And if you don’t submit, then the high cost of writing isn’t about ink cartridges and mileage expenses, it’s about missed opportunities.
Keep writing – AND submitting. Don’t miss out on YOUR opportunities!
April 9th, 2012 at 10:14 pm
Awww, Dorian, thanks for the kind words!! 🙂 I enjoyed your post, and not just because of the Kenny Black plug. (Although it didn’t hurt either! Lol) You had me chuckling at first, then examining my own numbers, and finally realizing that I need to submit way more often. See ya next meeting at the ol’ Koffee Korral.