How to be a professional writer: Step 2: Registering Self-Employed

This morning I jumped into the abyss and all my parachutes came out and I floated free and wild across to the other side.  I made all my phone calls:  I registered, I claimed, I filled in forms over the phone, I mentioned my name and birth date several thousand times.  And for the first time ever, I said my new company name out loud:  WRITING FROM ALTER-SPACE.  No surprises there, then!  After a great pep talk from my advisor, I had to ring a bell and get a clap and then I was officially A Fully Employed Person.

I’ve bought my first ever bottle of champagne – actually it was sparkling wine on a clearance offer – to celebrate.  You can tell I haven’t lived if this is my first bought bottle.  Where have I been?  In the dark?

I am now officially a writer.  It’s not a hobby anymore.  It’s not something I have to hide because I’ve failed at it.  It’s not an aberration or something to do instead of a proper job.  It’s real.

I am a writer.


About susannahjbell

I am a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. I mostly write novels and the occasional novelette. My published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. I live in London in an attic flat but really want to live in a tree. I wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. I write because I don’t know what to read.
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