The Many Hats of The Writer

Hat Rack Stand

Sorry for having so few posts in recent days. I had surgery the end of July. That is my excuse. It is what it is. There is no hidden meaning in the previous sentence. I am a what you see is what you get kind of man.

I return to work this Thursday after nineteen work days and twenty-seven calendar days off work. Yes, I am returning to the day job. It is the day job that pays for my reading and writing habit. It provides my health insurance, my 401K, and the answer to the question of where do you work.

When I answer the work question with, I am a writer I get funny looks from people. Many times they have a follow-up question. It is, where do you work? What do you do?

When I say, I support my writing and reading habit working as a computer solutions support analyst they still don’t get it. More recently I have started referring to myself as an entrepreneurial author.

When I say entrepreneurial author, I want you to think of a hat rack stand. On it, you’ll find more than a dozen hats. Each hat has the name of a different job I find myself doing. They have names like writer, editor, reader, cover designer, formatter, project manager, distributor, marketer, accountant, researcher, salesman, social networker, publicist, legal counsel, problem-solver, and jack-of-all-trades.

In the days ahead, I will look at each of these roles, the resources I use in support of the role, and how I maintain my focus.

Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.