InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames 10,000 Words FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Day-Job Coping Strategies

In this miserable economy, it’s nearly impossible for writers to support themselves only as authors. Poet Susan DeFord has a dog-walking business (and blog), Will Leitch blogged professionally while writing a book, and many GalleyCat readers are writers working in the publishing business.

In a recent Poetry Foundation essay, this GalleyCat editor interview the poet Rodrigo Toscano about how he balanced his work at a labor organization while writing “Collapsible Poetics Theater.” Here’s his extremely focused schedule: “He writes from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m., then heads to work. After leaving the office, he keeps a strict exercise schedule–either running or swimming. In the evening, he edits his writing from the morning, often showing final drafts to his partner, the poet Laura Elrick, for feedback.”

Day-job coping skills invaluable for the 21st Century writer. If you are a published writer juggling day-jobs and writing, email GalleyCat–we’d love to share your day-job wisdom (and frustration) with fellow travelers.

Mediabistro Course

The Art of the Book Review

The Art of the Book ReviewStarting August 4, learn how to get paid to write reviews that will influence the publishing landscape! Taught by a Publishers Weekly book critic, you'll learn how to recommend a book to its audience, write reviews of varying lengths, tailor a review to a specific publication and more! You'll leave this course with two original reviews and a list of paying markets for book reviews. Register now!