When you enter the guestroom in our house, you will see three things:
Shelves of books
The bed is so you can, in theory, sleep. You can also read there. I’ve known one guest who watched some movies there. Basically, it’s a comfy area to be comfortable on.
The shelves of books are for comfort, too. There’s nothing quite so relaxing for me as being surrounded by all my friends. I’ve seen enough memes to know that I’m not alone in that. To gaze upon worlds bound in ink and paper is an amazing thing.
Jason McCuiston writes stories that will keep you up until tomorrow you will hate today you. But that’s too bad. You need to finish the story. His initials are also pretty nifty.
I’ve gotten to know him a little bit, and he’s a pretty cool guy. We’re into some of the same stuff — writing, fantasy, science fiction, comics — and oddly enough he lives in a city the same name of my city, though in a different state!
If I were to meet you on the street, would I immediately say, “Now there’s a guy who looks like a deranged writer”?
Deranged, certainly. As for writer, possibly as you are also one. We can sense our own kind, but the vast majority of folks would think I’m simply an aging nerd or jock stuck forever in the fashion of the 1990s.
One of the best tips I’ve ever received is, “Act like you’ve been here before.”
My first novel comes out in a few months, but I shouldn’t act all freaked out about it. Be professional. Sure, party and be happy, but don’t act like this is such a weird thing. So far, I think I’ve got that covered. It’s helpful that it’s a relatively long process between writing, subbing, contract, proofs, and so on. It gives time for emotions to filter.
But this week I took a big step. For the first time, I’m not just investing time and money into my writing career. I’m dedicating future income to it.
Granted, it’s not a huge amount. Really, barring something weird happening (2020’s ending soon, right?), I should be able to pay in “normal” money if I have to.
So, what did I do?
I bought an actual domain. Take a look at the address. It’s not “Wanted: One New Earth” anymore. Now it’s my name up there.
Why change it? Two reasons: First, a free site is obviously a free site. A dedicated domain shows some professionalism. Second, “Wanted: One New Earth” is a bit of a mouthful. “Jonathon Mast: Author” is a little easier to remember if you remember the name of the author you’re looking for!
Buying a domain really doesn’t take that much money. However, it is a yearly fee. And I’ve decided that I will fund this with money I receive for my writing.
Which means I now need to sell at least a few stories. I’m on the hook.
I’m not panicking. You’re panicking!
OK, no, this is fine. I’m fine.
The money isn’t a huge amount, but this is a huge step for me. Writing is no longer something I do to earn some extra money. It will now pay a bill. Now the writing must be self-funding.