For Love and Money

Several years ago I had a conversation with some of my ex husband’s friends’ wives about an ebook I had purchased about writing romance. I knew these gals from a church function we used to attend, an annual picnic. One of them (lady #1) started writing romance right away, another one (lady #2) thought about it but decided to continue focusing on helping build her husband’s business. I no longer attend the event since I’m divorced now but I did hear that lady #1’s husband was able to quit his job as a CPA by the end of the year. I had no idea it was working out so well for her. I caught up with lady #2 who had heard the update last year and started writing right away, inspired and excited by the success of lady #1. So this year, a few weeks ago, I returned to the picnic to hear that lady #1 (entering her 2nd year at this) expects to bring in close to half a million dollars this year. Lady #2 will top out her first year at around 100k.

So lady #3 (recently widowed) and myself (divorced and struggling) might be a little late on the bandwagon but we’re definitely in like FLynn. Ooh would that be a good name for a romance novel? In like Flynn? You can tell I’m new at this.

So step #1 will be to have those older books that I pulled edited for quality (or release them under a name I don’t care about- I really care about this name. Jane Smith sounds so obviously fake but clean and girl-next-door ish.

Anyway….

I guess I’m back into this and if I want to keep up the pace my friends have proven to be successful then I need to write one full novel every 3-4 weeks. That’s going to be difficult because I still have to keep my full time job while I’m doing this but I think it will be worth it. I just wanted to put something out here and make it official.

I’m also going to give myself permission to actually only just write half as prolifically as they are because they’re both married and have husbands who can help with their kids and I don’t have that. So there’s that.

What I also don’t have is a dime to my name. Ok there’s like $60 in my wallet and another $60 in my checking account that will have to last until I get paid again on Friday but other than that there’s really nothing. I guess my cars are in my name so that counts. And a handful of awesome kids. But here’s my retirement report:
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And the funny thing about that is that I’m already 43, so I’m going to run out of money like… really soon if I keep living this way.  Like I do every two weeks, apparently.