Back yonder, when I was ten, my vision of what it meant to be a writer was quite clear...
Seemed like a safe assumption, eh?
But as is the case with lots of careers--and virtually anything in life--there's fine print under that job title. Lots and lots of fine print.
For example, I never knew my gig as a writer would have me racing towards a finish line much like a jockey. But for anyone who has had a deadline looming (Susan) recently, that's exactly what we do, isn't it?
I never knew I'd have to get in front of people (sometimes lots of people) and be a publicspeaker. Which, in the event you missed the "public" part, means you do this out loud (to real people). Heck, one of the reasons I became a writer is because I'm quiet by nature.
I never knew I'd be a businesswoman. But I am. I've had to learn about website promotion, the most effective forms of marketing for my books, how to read royalty statements, etc.
I never knew I'd have to be a travel agent of sorts, either. But I am. Every time I travel for a signing, I'm looking for the best deals on airfare, hotels, and rental cars, while simultaneously researching the particular city I'm visiting so I knew where I'm going.
But the one "fine print" addition to the whole writer thing that's shocked me most has been juggler. Because when you're writing multiple things all the time, juggling skills are a must. And sometimes there are a lot of balls to maneuver over your head. For me, right now, I've got six: 1) editing a book that's due out in October; 2) writing another that is due on May 1st; 3) prepping for the launch of my latest mystery on April 3rd; 4) securing events and strategizing for the brand new mystery series I've got launching in June; 5) working with my weblady on a complete overhaul of my website; and 6) writing gobs of guest blogs to coincide with the April 3rd launch.
I'm sure I'm missing a few "fine print" additions that some of you can point out and I know they'll be far funnier than mine, but I'm also curious about those of you who have a different career. Tell us about your fine print additions.