The Watercooler Hangout Podcast
Season 03 Episode #07
The Life of a Working Writer with Phil Elmore
“You know you’re a working writer when you want to go to bed, but you can’t because you have to finish writing.”
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A Bit About Phil
Phil Elmore is a best-selling author, technical writer, and content creator based in Upstate New York. He’s written hundreds of books, including two-dozen action novels, including the Execution Series for Harlequin, along with his best-selling non-fiction book, The Ten Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Your C-Pap Machine.
Why Phil is a Working Writer and Not an Author
“I make a distinction between an author and a working writer.” He says that anyone can become an author with self-publishing as he was a self-published author himself with his first book. If you’re self-publishing but not opening up your work to criticism, then you aren’t a working writer. “A working writer, by contrast, is someone that is making money in the trade of writing.
Unlike being an author, being a working writer has no glamour associated with it.” Besides, a working writer doesn’t get credit for their work. “You will pound the pavement and stand on virtual street corners” when you are looking for work online, says Phil. “Doing that type of work is like prostitution without all the dignity,” as you have to swallow your pride and do work that may be less than what you’re worth.
Writing’s Ability to Earn Extra Money
Phil talks about an advantage of being a working writer is having the ability to always make money. You can always make money on the side or increase your income by taking on more writing jobs.
Listen in as we talk about Phil’s experience with the traditional publishing company Harlequin, Phil’s types of content, and his experience writing and publishing his best-selling book. Learn why Phil published his best-seller, why he didn’t think this book would be a best-seller and his tips on how to break into writing for a living.
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