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I’ve gotten several requests for this post, so I’m adding a few new professionals who could approach their jobs like writers…


Surgeon: I’m giving away free appendectomies so more people can experience my art. I’m working two extra jobs to pay the bills, but it will be worth it when the reviews start rolling in.

I’ve been having this recurring dream that what I tell you ends up in Barb’s blog

Psychiatrist: I’ve spent over twelve years honing my skills, working a day job at Chez Mac’s while exchanging psychotherapy consults with my psychiatry group at night.



Freelance IRS Auditor: I could get better medical insurance if I worked for Starbucks, but I’m sticking with this because tax audits have always been my dream.


Repost from January, 2014

A well-meaning friend just sent me another breathless article about the business of writing. All I can say is, I’ve been in business and it would look a lot different if other professions took the same approach as writers:


im a lawyer

Lawyer: “I’m not actually charging my clients because I’m building my reputation. Someday I’ll be famous and they’ll all pay.”


Dentist: “I’m doing a blog tour, and you can enter my rafflecopter giveaway for a free root canal if you send a tweet, leave a comment, and add your email to my mailing list.”


Broker: “I’m sending out free shares in hopes that people give them good reviews on Goodreads.”


Chef: “If I charge more than the food truck, nobody will buy my next dish. I’ll get a day job at Chez Mac’s so I can keep giving my gourmet dishes away.”


Banker: “I think I’ll just work at home, alone, second-guessing all my decisions while I whine about getting lenders-block.”


Human Resources: “Instead of a salary, we’ll pay people a small advance against future profits. Then they’ll get paid in royalties. If they actually sell enough to pay back that advance, that is. And there will be at least a year’s delay before the payments start, of course.”


Gynecologist: “The first ten people who ‘like’ me on Facebook get a free pelvic exam.” 

 What professions would you like to see take the same approach as writers?