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Tom King

CIrclePhotoTomKingFor more than three decades, Tom King has been a teacher, counselor, poet, free-lance writer, public relations officer, fund-raiser, grant-writer and administrator in education and nonprofit human services working with children, youth, seniors, people with disabilities and homeless persons. Appointed by the governor of Texas to the Texas DOT Public Transportation Advisory Committee, Tom served as an advocate for improved public transit for seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families in rural and small town Texas. An unapologetic conservative Christian, he plays folk guitar, long-necked banjo and harmonica and hangs out with flaming liberals who think he should himself burst into flames from the sheer incongruity of his belief system. Tom has served on nonprofit boards of Tyler Homeless Coalition, The Arc, Tyler SDA School, Virtual-Village.org and as director a day care center for ADHD preschoolers, an intergenerational day care center, two children’s residential treatment centers, and a day hab program for developmentally challenged adults. He has started 5 nonprofit organizations including East Texas Center for Independent Living. His first book, “Going for the Green: An Insider’s Guide to Making Money With Charity Golf” came out of a workshop series he developed with the University of Pennsylvania and A Circle of Ten, Inc. Married for 34 years, Tom and wife, Sheila have 3 children and three grandchildren. Tom is currently doing consulting work with nonprofits and freelance commercial writing.

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Tom King

March 29, 2015at 7:57 am

WRITING FOR A LIVING

I always wanted to be a writer, but it took me 40 years working with startup nonprofits, community organizing and grant-writing, the death of a child, onset of my wife’s disability and six years of the Obama economy to force me to start working without a net in such a difficult and barely profitable career. Oddly enough, I’m starting to be able to pay the bills regularly now. How cool is that?

While I highly recommend the writing life, it is not a sport for the faint of heart. If you’re good at it, people will pay you for what you write. If you aren’t, you’ll scuttle along and finally run out of clients willing to give your writing a look. If you’re good enough these clients may perhaps even pay you to write. In can be brutal to your ego, but if you do manage to start selling your writing, it’s immensely gratifying and worth the risk.

Three things you’ll need: (1) The ability to write. This is a deal-breaker. It’s best if you’re well-trained in the art. (2) Get yourself a reliable computer and word-processing software. You’ll want a pdf maker, photo processing and publishing package as well as accounting software. (3) A comfortable corner with desk, files and a system of organization.

Treat it as a business and you’ll be alright. If you hate bookkeeping, hire someone to do it for you. You’ll be glad you did. Good luck if you decide you absolutely need to write because doing anything else would be unthinkable. Then write. Nothing less than 3000 words a day if you intend to make a living at it.

You have to be a bit of a fanatic. You have to need to write; to be unable to go a day without writing something. If you’re that driven to write, you may have the makings of a writer. If you do, you’re in luck. You might actually have the stuff to make a writer.

Tom King

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