How Los Angeles fiction authors make a living
Authors support themselves in a variety of ways. For many writers in Southern California, working at a university or college seems the most common and most coveted of day jobs. It allows for steady hours so that a professor or instructor can devote the rest of his or her time to writing. Others, however, pay the bills with day jobs such as book clerk, Amazon.com editor, journalist, high school teacher and oil refinery operator, psychologist, poet, translator, playwright, university teaching assistant, nonprofit employee, hostess, nanny, and screenwriter. The money that authors of fiction can earn on the side, varies as much as their job descriptions. In six profiles, six authors find creative ways to stay afloat financially in the Los Angeles fiction marketplace.