So, this topic is coming at the heels of what I am currently going through at the moment as of this post. I haven’t been using too much paid marketing in a while due to my financial situation at the moment. After all, the job I have is not a job where you can automatically make six-figures a year. As of right now, I had to reevaluate my future plans and goals when it comes to writing, editing, and marketing my books.
The problem? The one source of income bracket.
This is something that weighed heavily on my mind for the last few years. It really came into my brain in 2019 and 2020 during the pandemic. At this time, I was still living on one source of income and supporting other people who decided that they didn’t want to work in order to make a decent living for themselves (Don’t really want to talk about it so I am just going to move on from that conversation). I had went from feeling on top of the world when it came to paying money to edit and publish my books to not being able to produce anything because of the horrible feeling of losing my job any given day due to the pandemic. Thankfully, things settled down to a point where they hired me back after three months of them closing down.
It was that experience alone that made me want to explore other avenues to make money. One of those resources being being a book coach through Author Accelerator. Even though I have given my services away for free when it comes to this program, I do love helping people when it comes to their manuscripts and will continue to do so, just not for free. I have to have some sort of compensation in order to make a living at it.
But for right now, I am still in that one source of income bracket that I am desperately trying to get out of. My week consisted of me coming home, doing lesson plans, and applying for a second source of income in order to keep my head above water when it comes to paying my bills. Considering I am in one of the lowest paying professions not only in the U.S. but in the entire world (If you are interested in learning more about this, I will share the link below on this information after this post), I am struggling when it comes to paying for my much needed necessities, I am also struggling when it comes to promoting my novels as well.
My hope is that I will be able to find something that will help pick up the weight of having just one source of income. I think that a second source of income could be really beneficial for me even though that would cut into a lot of my writing and book coaching time. One thing I know I really need to work on is finding balance between my projects in both writing and book coaching on top of balancing two jobs at once.
Sounds crazy huh?
It might sound crazy but I know that I have to do it because I want to move forward when it comes to my business. I want to be able to write freely without having to worry about paying my bills or not. Sure, I would love nothing more than to get paid ten-thousand, a hundred thousand, or even a million dollars for the Truson S.E.T. Series or even for the new series I am writing right now but I know that I will have a long way to go before that happens. I also don’t want to be in a position where I would have to write these books just to make money.
Just in case anyone was wondering where I have been within the last couple of months, this is one of the things I was doing to support my writing. I have also been relaxing because of my recent celebration of my last class (I will talk more about that on my Youtube channel) and doing the second rewrite to Courtney’s Redemption which will come out this year. I will be sure to keep you updated on my progress via my website, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
That’s all for this post. If you are curious about what Infant/toddler teachers do and the wage gap that’s happening when it comes to this career, click on the link here for more information.
See you soon.
Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and wrote her first book out of sheer boredom at eight years old. Years later, she decided to go get her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When not writing, she is busy teaching two year olds at a daycare center in Skokie, IL. For more information, check out her website at https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/ for more information.