Even best-selling authors can feel dissatisfied with their careers.
“It was the day after Thanksgiving, 2017. I was out in the yard raking leaves and thinking about my writing career. I had let my marketing slide over the last few years, and I could see 2017 was going to be the worst year financially for my writing in a long time. So, I decided to turn things around. And I gave myself a year to do it.” Randy Ingermanson clearly wasn’t pleased with where his career was going.
Randy isn’t the only one who thinks such thoughts. Christy-award winning author James Rubart said this when asked if he’s ever been unsatisfied with his career, “Today. Ten years ago. Ten years from now (assuming I’m still here in what Paul calls our tents). I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied, and I think that’s a good thing. I want to stretch myself, grow as a writer, take on new challenges, and learn how to give back more than I ever have. This journey has been beyond my expectations, but it’s still a journey, and because of that, there will be highs and lows still to come. And that’s okay. More than okay. God will use them to train me, drawing me closer into alignment with who I was meant to be.”
If these rock-star writers have a sense of discontentment, is it any wonder we may feel frustrated with our careers? Is it because we aren’t multi-published? We need to work harder? Is it all about the money?
“Let’s be clear,” Randy said, “life is not about money. Money won’t make you happy. So what good is money? Money is time. Time is freedom. Freedom means you can do what you were put on earth to do. This is something my friend Jim Rubart and I have been talking about for years. Freedom. In our Pro Track, we’re going to talk about how writers can get that freedom.”
The Professional “Pro” Writers Track Randy mentions is one of the Major Morning Tracks offered at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference.
According to Randy, “We’re going to focus on the few things each writer can do, right now, to boost their revenue and move their career forward. To teach a new way of thinking, a new mindset. A mindset that gets results.”
And James adds they will, “give concrete ways for our students to increase their sales, expand their influence, and understand their brand more completely.”
The goal is for attendees to take away an action plan to reboot their careers.
Randy includes a caveat. “And that means we’re going to work our people like dogs during the conference. LIKE DOGS! If you don’t want to work like a dog, please, please, please don’t sign up for our Pro Track.”
But he promises those who are “burning with desire to make a change . . . do what it takes to turn [your life] around, you will leave with a plan that will get results.”
James said he wants attendees to leave with hope. “This crazy writing world isn’t an easy one to navigate . . . most of all I want them to leave encouraged. They can do this. They can make it through hard times. There is great light ahead.”
The Pro Track meets Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9:00 to 10:30 and 11:00 to noon.
Attendance in this track is by application only. Please read the prerequisites and fill out the application. Go to Major Morning Tracks and scroll down to the Professional Writers Track section.
Deadline to apply is March 23, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance within one week of applying. If accepted, a link to a form to tell Randy and James more about yourself will be sent before the conference.
Writing pros James Rubart and Randy Ingermanson proclaim the “Jim-and-Randy Professional Writers Reboot Camp” will transform your career and your life.
Are we ready to get serious about our careers and take the challenge? Apply today.