I love agent Chip MacGregor’s sense of humor. Here’s part of what he has to say about writers quitting their day jobs: “The fact is, MOST artists struggle financially. That's why most writers have some other source of income. Either they work full time, or they work part time, or they have a job related to the industry (freelance editor, reporter, book salesperson, counterfeiter), or they are married to somebody who has a real job that pays the bills. Don't lose sight of the fact that it takes most people years to get to the place where they are writing full time... IF they ever get there.”
My first book - Circles of Confusion - was published in 1999 - but I wasn’t able to quit my day job until 2008. I fantasized about it for a long time, though, and it always seemed just around the corner.