Writers, Tap a Spouse to Help with Your Writing Career

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Don’t discount this viable option. It could work for your family. I never expected the help husband John has provided me.

Stage 1

When I started my writing career, John and I worked as actuaries. John was supportive in:

· the time I spent writing, and

· the cost and time I spent going to writers’ conferences. 

That’s all I needed.

Stage 2

We retired and moved to a rural community in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Writing for me became a full time job. I received two contracts, was building a platform, and learning how to market my books. John was supportive in doing the:

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·shopping,

· laundry, and 

· vacuuming

so I could write.

This was a huge help, but my marketing and platform work began eating into my writing time.

Stage 3


I started traveling to fairs and festivals. John was supportive in:

· driving me to the venues and

· selling the books at my table

so I could visit with readers.

With his presence, I was more comfortable attending these events.

Stage 4


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I had two more contracts and invitations to write for collections. And deadlines. I went indie with a series. I’d learned more about online marketing opportunities that I couldn’t take advantage of because I had no time. John was supportive and became my:

· marketing manager,

· chief financial officer (love those spread sheets that spit out my sales tax and book sales),

· tech researcher,

· meme maker,

· cover & bookmark designer,

· conference marketing workshops attendee,

· galley reader, and

· document reviewer

· KDP publishing tech

so I could focus on writing and platform tasks.

Advantages


As business partners, 

· we do smarter marketing, using our time and money resources more wisely,

· we communicate more during my writing day,

· my stress level is less,

· fewer error and typos make it to such documents as my written interviews when I’m a guest on blogs and in book galleys,

· we’re able to get more books out, which is the most important marketing effort.

Possibilities for Spouses


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Your spouse may not be as industrious as John has become, but your spouse may be able and willing to help with some things. A house chore as simple as loading and unloading the dishwasher or taking over trash duty provides minutes to a spouse’s writing time. 

I promote my blog posts on Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and to certain writer groups. It’s a fifteen-minute weekly task, but those fifteen-minute tasks quickly build into hours. I write the promotion content when I write the blog posts. So this blog promotion task is an easy job that anyone could do. 

I post a weekly personal photo from what’s happened in my life on my Facebook author page. This allows me to enter into fun discussions with those who’ve liked my page. Sometimes I’m working on a deadline and have no available photos and must stop writing and find something interesting to snap. This could consume a half hour or more. 

Perhaps your spouse could help with these kinds of tasks.

What are writing career tasks your spouse helps with or could help with?

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4 thoughts on “Writers, Tap a Spouse to Help with Your Writing Career

  1. My husband is a great support to me. He drives me to every conference, workshop, book vendor event and writers group. I appreciate the time he takes to help me with my writing journey. 🙂 He also shares about my writing with friends and strangers. Also, promotes my children’s book, “Licky the Lizard”. 🙂

     
     
    1. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing how your husband helps you. I’m hoping more writers will see the post and comments and ask their spouse for help. Perhaps some have never asked, but the spouse is willing to do something.

       
       
  2. My husband cooks all the dinners, but I do the cleanup. He empties the DW (I don’t trust him to load it!), and he washes his own clothes – but has for over 50 years when as a newlywed I washed his undies with something red and they turned out pink! He is very supportive of my writing and has even read some of my books.

     
     
    1. Thanks, Bonnie, for showing us the gracious help another spouse has given in a writer’s career. I hope comments on helpful spouses keep coming.

       
       

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