- by Delilah Devlin
I’m currently between contracts. That’s a less depressing way of saying I haven’t yet sold my next book. And since I’m a full-time writer, that’s worrisome—but I’m not panicking over it.
You see, I don’t store all my eggs in one basket.
I plan for these times as best I can. I’m currently ramping up my ebook production to bring in more income, researching to prepare new proposals, and taking time to shoot at the short story market. I like to stay busy and positive.
When I went full-time, I learned I could live on a lot less income. I don’t have to spend money on gas to get to my job, don’t have to buy business suits or even business casual clothing, and I don’t spend a lot of money eating out.
Whenever I find myself in Limboland, I keep focused by planning my writing time, revisiting my goals, and looking at the bigger picture. When I’m racing toward a hard deadline, I’m that hamster on the treadmill—so it’s nice to have time to reflect on what I’ve accomplished so far and where I’d like to go from here.
I’m also reaching out to other authors, aspiring and published, to build some good karma and to keep my skills honed and maybe learn something new. I’ve started a critique group through the Rose’s Colored Glasses website and am leading a group dedicated to plowing through Donald Maass’s Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook.
I’d love to hear from other authors how they get through these stressful times.