Balancing Part-Time Writing with a Full-Time Life | Books & Beer


To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction by Mykl Roventine

To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction by Mykl Roventine

Sarah Rios & Rachel Desilets face the daily challenges of launching a writing career while maintaining a full-time job. Many of you face the same thing, and hearing how others handle the stress and workload that comes with writing part-time while working full-time may help.

Fair warning. It’s possible that at least one of our guests and one of our hosts may have over-emphasized the beer portion of the show. With that out of the way, here are some of the items we covered in 25 minutes on this episode of The Books & Beer Hangout:

  • Why your job shouldn’t stop you from writing 3 books in a year
  • How to keep your job when the writing bug strikes
  • The realities of finding time to write
  • Working with longer blocks or smaller chunks
  • How to avoid burnout
  • Dealing with frustrations when you can’t write as much as you want
  • Establishing realistic goals and becoming happy with your career
  • Finding quality help through crowdsourcing
  • Deciding if you should self-publish or seek a fat advance
  • Building your audience before you get published
  • The importance of setting realistic publishing goals — short-term and long-term
  • Mistakes you’ll want to avoid as you try and find your balance

And there was the obligatory drinking of beers. Tonight’s choices: Fat Tire Amber Ale, Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean, Firestone Walker Double DBA, and a Bell’s Hopslam Ale.

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