It's time for the Insecure Writers' Support Group monthly post.
Today's question is, "If you were living the ideal author life, what would it look like?"
Probably a bit different than what it looks like today! I don't need to be a best-selling author. But I would like to see my Amazon ranking under the 100,000 mark regularly. And I would like to get more than $10.00 a month in royalties. Writing books is a lot of effort! It's not just writing. It's editing and marketing. A lot of time goes into it. And it would be really nice to see a paycheck that reflects that.
So, my ideal writer's life: Have 4-10 author appearances (school visits, library visits, bookstore visits) a year, write a book a year, stay under the 100,000 mark on all of my books, and make about $10,000 a year. Is that asking for too much?
Now for the story:
My daughter had an assignment for her statistics class: To find out if people's responses to surveys are influenced by what they see. For this grand experiment, my daughter and her friends decided that they would dress in dinosaur costumes and visit the local mall. There they would ask people what their favorite dinosaur was. The hypothesis was that the person would respond with the dinosaur the interviewer was dressed as. Things were going as planned until the security officer showed up.
"You're violating dress code rules," she stated.
"But we're doing a school project," my daughter objected.
"Too bad. No dinosaurs allowed."
"Well, what's your favorite dinosaur?" my daughter pressed.
"The extinct kind."
And that was the end of the experiment.
Before I go, I had the awesome opportunity to go to Miami, Florida to receive the silver medal for my book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China. Here's a picture. (That's a little bit of living the ideal author life!)