Would you rather

On our video show, we try to ask authors interesting questions to get inside their brains a little bit.
Recently I thought of this one but I’d like to share it with you and get your thoughts.

Would you rather make $100,000 a year as an author/writer but you hate your job, you hate what you’re writing about, you hate the long hours, you hate your boss, you hate going to work every day.
Would you rather earn$30,000 a year as a writer, work more hours then you would have any other job, obviously make a lot less money, spend more time with your family but call the shots on every single decision and for the most part be jumping out of bed excited to go to work every day and love what you do?

It’s a false choice because sometimes you just have to go for the money. Life dictates things. But reality might live somewhere in between.
Remember though if you can do it for a while and love it at 30 grand, you might be able to turn that into 100,000 and more. But you probably can’t if you go the other route. And that hate has an effect.

What are your thoughts?

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

34 thoughts on “Would you rather

  1. Working freelance is lovely in theory. Everytime I get bogged down in a full time job, I am tempted to go back to freelancing. BUT I’ve been there – it’s not easy. You always have to be hustling. Sometimes being a writer is about experiences and sometimes (not always) you need to have money to have experiences….and it’s hard always having to be the one to turn down a dinners out/holidays, etc because you don’t know where your next pay cheque is coming from.

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  2. I think I would take the less money option. When I have more money I end up spending it on stupid things like expensive Kate Spade purses, eyelash extensions, gel manicures ect. I was listening to the radio and whomever was talking said going without material things builds integrity or words to that effect. So I pick the satisfied person that earns 30 thousand. Having said that could I really go back? Back to doing my own nails and cutting out coupons?

  3. 30k. Spending time with family is massive, but so is job satisfaction.
    The 100k version i cant imagine because I love writing, but no money is worth daily punishment.

  4. I do the second one already and get paid $0. I wouldn’t change a thing, but if somebody ever wants to start paying me for all of the work I do, I definitely won’t turn it down! 😉

  5. Money. Fo Sho.
    I know, because that’s where I’m at right now.
    Well, I am not making 100,000 a year at my day job, but I do make enough to pay the bills. AND I’m working my ‘day’ job with the expectation that one day I will be able to do what I love.
    When you have a family you gotta think about those dolla dolla bills, y’all. If a writer really loves writing, they’ll find time to squeeze it in. It may be a slower road, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

      1. Yeah, once you get that far, you’d better just roll. Although you missed the chance to use the phrase mo’ money. Gotta beef up your gangsta game. 😉

  6. I’d take the less pay option. I just wouldn’t be motivated TO work if I really hated the job. Plus to me if I love doing something it’s not work and I can keep myself motivated with that thought alone :).

  7. In Florida I could make & 75K in my nursing specialty, but the stress was crippling. I cleared $16 after costs in three years on my first book and I’m still home writing. Does that answer your question?

  8. If by “hate” you really mean HATE, then I couldn’t do option 1. Not for long, at least. “Not loving” my job I can do if I need the money, and have done. But hate? Nope.

      1. You make a fine distinction, Dan. Okay, trying to imagine that the hate only has one letter capitalized instead of all four…. Yes, even at that level, I couldn’t do it. 😉

  9. I have the luxury of not having to decide because of other choices I made. But it’s always a trade off. You give up something every time you get something. It’s a fool’s game to imagine it any other way.

  10. It’s a false choice because sometimes you just have to go for the money. Life dictates things. But reality might live somewhere in between… I think you answered your own muse.
    That’s like saying, you’re drowning in the ocean, how long will you cling to a board while a dingy passes by.
    Yet that dingy looks very different from on the the deck of an ocean liner.
    (Or maybe I just need to get some Caffine.)

  11. Who makes $30,000? I’ve heard the average writer makes $2K-$10K/year, and that refers to those who go the traditional route. Those $10K advances have shrunk to around $1K for many authors these days, so if they average two books in a year, that would be $2K. Then that advance is often the only money they’ll ever make off each book, unless they become that one in a million like Andy Weir.

    If you’re making $30,000, my hat’s off to you!

  12. If I could make $30,000 writing, I would supplement that income by doing other freelance type things that I love like teaching and helping others get published.

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