Something to think about: Rich vs. Wealthy

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post for today. So I was doing some browsing on the internet today (even though I am supposed to be working on my homework right now, go figure) and I stumbled across an article that peeked my interest. It talked about the differences between someone who is rich (like a NBA basketball star who has a ten million dollar contract) vs. someone being wealthy ( An elementary school teacher who makes $30,000 a year and lives frugally) and what happens between the two. It will make you think twice about how people view money when it comes to this article. Check out the link below for more information about this article.

Rich vs. Wealthy: How a teacher can become wealthier than a Millionaire Athlete.

Enjoy!

Dominique Gibson

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 http://www.dominiquegibsonauthor.com.

My other life: Toddler teacher

my artwork
Children’s artwork

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I just thought I would post some more pictures of my other life as a toddler teacher. I decided to do some artwork with the children this week considering it was raining and we couldn’t go outside so I decided to let the children exercise their small motor/ creative writing skills by coloring on a piece of paper to let them explore. Even though I don’t do this as often as I should considering it’s getting warm outside and we try as much as we can to go outside, I still enjoy coloring with them and even go so far as to ask questions about what they are coloring.

This technique improves their language skills even though you may not have any clue to what they are saying when you ask them what they are coloring.

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down and wrote her first novel out of boredom at eight years old. Years later, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. After pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Administration to support her career in Early Childhood Education, she decided to go back and pursue her dream of getting a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. For more information, check out her website at http://www.dominiquegibsonauthor.com.

My Funding Options as an author

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post for today. So, I thought about doing this post since yesterday considering that my marketing course at SNHU has just ended (Finding and Reaching an audience), I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my funding options that I plan on doing in the future. Even though I love being a self-published author, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to explore other avenues when it comes to finding other options to fund my work besides what I am doing now. I decided to share what I wrote with you, hoping that it would give other writers out there to explore ideas as well when it comes to funding their work.

So here is the original post I sent on my discussion board for my class. Enjoy!

Since I am a self-published author with a full-time job as a toddler teacher, one of my goals to fund my writer’s platform is to save enough money from my full-time job to invest in my self-published books. But having a writer’s platform to save enough money from my full time job to invest in my self-published books. But having a writer’s platform can be expensive at times and it would be hard for me to juggle between spending money on my self-published books vs. saving a nest egg for a rainy day. This is why I tell aspiring authors (or at least the ones that read my blogs and my newsletters) that having more than one stream of income is the only way to get out of financial freedom.

I am no exception to the rule.

So, despite the fact that being a daycare worker/toddler teacher is one of the lowest paid industries in the entire world (You can assess the link here if you are interested in learning more), I still plan on getting a degree in Early Childhood Education with a license in Special Education while I continue to work my job and write books. Why? Well, (1) I love my job and (2) I’m guaranteed a paycheck every two weeks so I won’t have to worry about paying for my essential needs (Food, Gas, Light, etc.)

Having a degree in Early Childhood Education with a license in Special Education is just one funding option. Now, onto my other ideas for other alternative sources of funding (So far):

  1. Book Coaching/editing: I signed up for an online course in book coaching last year after my job closed during COIVD-19. My goal is to finish the course to become a certified book coach and start coaching other writers through their manuscripts in my chosen genres (Women’s fiction, romance, and young adult). The problem is finding clients who write within these genres to earn a living from it. I’ve thought about using LinkedIn, Fiverr, or Reedsy to promote my services.
  2. Patreon – I have been tinkering with this idea for a while now. I think that using Patreon as a side hustle is not such a bad idea vs. me doing a kickstarter or IndieGoGo campaign. With Patreon, I can do a lot for my paying customers without having to stress too much about doing everything all at once. My goal with this would be to send a short story or a chapter except to my readers every month.
  3. Writing a nonfiction how-to book to teach as an online course – I have been thinking about this for a while as well. I want to write a how-to book on my creative writing process to sell online and then create an online course using teachable to do it. Since I like to teach and write, I would see this as a viable option for the future.
  4. Traditional Publishing – Yes, I know that this isn’t a reliable funding source like the others but I have considered this as a side hustle vs. making a full-time income out of the deal. Since traditional publishing is not guaranteed because I could lose a contract at any time, I would stick with my full-time job in addition to self-publishing my work on top of traditional publishing. I would still have guaranteed income (job) while still making money on the side for my published work.
  5. Adjunct/College professor (Whether in creative writing or in Early Childhood Education) – I saved this option for last because I know there aren’t that many teaching jobs in creative writing vs. early childhood education but it’s still an option nonetheless. I recently just applied for a position as an adjunct professor in Early Childhood Education to make some extra income so I’m just waiting to see what their decision is going to be.

P.S. I received a response back from from the position I applied for a couple of weeks ago. They declined my offer. Oh well, time to explore my other funding options.

P.P.S. I will be sure to give you the comments I received from this post in a later post. Check back soon.

Dominique

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and started writing stories out of sheer boredom at eight-years-old. Several years later, she decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. After pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Administration, Dominique decided to go back and pursue a degree she had always wanted: An MFA in Creative Writing which she is now pursuing at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information, Check out her website at: https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/

Topic: Bad Book Covers

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. So I don’t know if I had mentioned this at all in my previous posts or even on my YouTube channel but this week, I officially started my thesis writing course for my MFA in creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University (also known as SNHU) after a week of vacation and after ten weeks of exploring different ways of how to market my work while having a full time job. There were many options to consider when it came to the decision about marketing my work in addition to resources to get a head start on marketing your work in general that I will be doing in a future post.

Today, I wanted to talk about one topic that came up in my discussion post during the first week of class: Book Covers. The reason why I wanted to talk about it today was because my professor went on my website and stated that my book covers wasn’t very good and stated that she couldn’t tell what kind of book it is based on the book cover alone. She stated that even though she read the blurbs of the novels, she stopped gaining interest when she saw my book covers.

Now don’t get me wrong, she gave me a congratulations when it came to my work overall and started asking questions about what my genre is when I mentioned that it’s a sci-fi paranormal romance (She stated that it might be futuristic paranormal romance instead). But I have to admit that her comment got to me a little bit. I then commented her back saying I didn’t have the money to hire a professional cover designer and she gave me some resources on how to find premade book covers for a cheaper price.

But before I received her comment about premade book covers, I went online to see if I could find some covers that were just downright terrible when it came to book covers in general. I decided to share this link for other authors who might not be feeling so confident about their book covers right now.

My words of encouragement: If it comes down to you paying between a book cover designer for your book versus paying a professional editor to edit your book, go with the editor and skip the book cover until you can get enough money to afford a premade cover or hire a professional book cover designer.

If you want to have a great laugh or just want to make yourself feel better when it comes to your book cover or your writing in general, check out this post:

Terrible Book Covers for Classic Literary Novels

P.S. I do plan on changing my book covers in the future but just not right now because I don’t have the funds to do so. Once that happens, I will be sure to keep you posted.

Dominique Gibson

My Other Life: Teacher Appreciation Week

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. This is the post that I promised I was going to do when it came to the other side of my life: Being a toddler teacher. So, for the first week of May (May 3rd-May 7th, 2021). We had Teacher Appreciation Week and this was a post that I promised I was going to share last week but didn’t get a chance to due to my new class that started on Monday, May 10th. I will be sure to give you an update on that in a future post about how that’s going .

But anyways, I decided to go ahead and share some photos I took of some of the things I got from Teacher Appreciation Week from my job that makes me get up every single day and continue to do what I’m doing now despite all of the ups and downs I go through when it comes to teaching in general. In the following photos, you will see some cards I got from some of the parents from my center in addition to some gifts I got from my employer. Hope you enjoy the pictures and I will see you soon.

Card from my employer along with the flowers I got from them.
The Flowers I received for my hard work
A blanket I received from my job
Card from one of the parents
Another card from one of the parents

P.S. The cards read thank you for all the things I have taught them as their teacher in the toddler room.

Dominique Gibson knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she sat down at her plastic table and started writing stories out of sheer boredom at eight-years-old. Several years later, she decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. After pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Administration, Dominique decided to go back and pursue a degree she had always wanted: An MFA in Creative Writing which she is now pursuing at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information, Check out her website at: https://dominiquegibsonauthor.com/2018/06/23/the-journey-begins/

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