I retired from 27+ years in banking in early 2013 so that I could pursue a second career in writing. After flailing about for a couple of months researching copy writing, writing articles for magazines, freelance writing, editing services, and so on, my husband said one day, “Why don’t you just write a book?”
I’d been thinking about that too, but I was trying to marry my desire to write with an occupation that might supplement my post-retirement income, which consists mostly of deferred bonuses that I receive once a year for three years. I have made a miniscule amount of income by offering editorial services, but that is about it.
So in May 2013, I started writing my book–a memoir about the small town in West Virginia where I grew up and where my dad was mayor for 15 years. I finally completed that book in July of 2014, and it should be published within about three weeks as it is currently with the printer. It will also be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and most of the other major online booksellers.
I’m told that if you are an author, you must have an online presence, an author platform as they say. I’m in process of figuring that out, and I humbly offer up this first blog post. I’m also in process of deciding if I want to “jump the fence” and write a novel for my second effort.
If anyone has words of encouragement or wisdom, please don’t hold back on me. Share!