I have been stumbling across a lot of SAHMs who have seized upon self-publishing as a way to make money while having the flexibility to be at home with their children for homeschooling, special needs or infant/toddlerness. One of the astonishing things about them is how they blow a lot of work-at-home mothers out of the water on the support network front.
Self-publishing SAHMs have childcare so they can write. Either they pay for it, get a relative to watch the kids a few times a week or they talk to their husbands about taking the kids so they can write 2 or 3 hours a night. This is a baffling thing full-time work-at-home people rarely do. They seem to think if you’re at home working the kid(s) will just realize this and let you work, even if they’re infants or toddlers.
This means they reliably write 10-20 hours per week, a true part-time job that can be integrated into their general household management and not cause friction. And they also pace themselves, they never plan more work than they can reasonably produce on a set, consistent, frequent schedule. They just work to market whatever length of writing that schedule produces. And it works. Because this self-selecting, wonderfully sensible pool of women does not bite off more than they can chew, they sell thousands of copies a month of short stories, novellas and novels apiece and make anywhere from a couple thousand dollars a month for their time to ten thousand or more per month.
At first I thought it was just one or two women, but as I’ve looked at the people who admit to self-publishing and discuss their background, I’ve found it’s a common theme with the SAHMs who are making a go of it.
What a wonderful discovery.