Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Some of you know I share my income online every year. And I know many authors and aspiring authors take part in Poetry Friday, so I want to give you a heads-up that I’ll be doing a virtual event via Zoom on the evening of Monday, December 7, at 7pm Central Time. It’s a free thing for a local picture book salon that used to be held in person. So there will be lots of Minnesota folks there, but anyone is welcome! Despite the first paragraph of the description, it’s not JUST about writing picture books, though. It’s about cobbling together an income as a writer:>) It’s also NOT any kind of get-rich-quick talk. This is just me, sharing a few numbers and thoughts and answering questions. Hope to see some of you there!
At our December Salon, we’ll talk with author Laura Purdie Salas about writing picture books “For Love or Money.”
Nobody writes for kids in order to get rich. But if you’re willing to work hard, be flexible, and do various writing-related tasks, you can cobble together an income so that you can pay bills and keep doing what you love: writing. Laura will share a bit about her income history, some income streams for kidlit writers, and the strategies and mindset can help build a career as a working writer. (As opposed to, you know, a starving writer.)
Picture Book Salon is FREE and public, and usually meets on the first Monday of the month. Please RSVP here or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more info about Salon here: http://mollybethgriffin.com/events/
Zoom details will be posted here a few days before the event.
And now for a poem. I don’t think I’ve ever written a poem related to money! But here’s a bit from one of my favorite poets, Billy Collins.
from “This Much I Do Remember”
Even after I have forgotten what year it is,
my middle name,
and the meaning of money,
I will still carry in my pocket
the small coin of that moment,
minted in the kingdom
that we pace through every day.
–Billy Collins (click here to read the complete poem on his Facebook Page)
Although I must earn enough money to pay the bills (hence the sharing of income reports, etc.), I also know that the moments I make–with words, with books, with poems, with readers–reward me in a meaningful way that a paycheck can’t. Totally different kinds of rewards!
The Poetry Friday Roundup is with Linda Baie, who always inspires from Teacher Dance!