New Careers for Washed Up Fantasy Authors

Kristen Pizzo
2 min readJun 12, 2020
Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash

When all the dragons have gone back to their dens and the last bit of ink of your final bestseller has dried, it’s time for a new chapter.

Here are five exciting new careers that will suit your ex-fantasy writer lifestyle:

1. Editor

Your publishing dreams came true, so pass on the gift by helping other budding fantasy novelists turn their shabby drafts into something beautiful.

2. Storytime leader at the local library

You’ve spent years cooped up in your apartment telling stories on your keyboard, so why not break out and share stories through some good old fashioned human (or toddler) interaction?

3. Theatre for Young Audiences playwright

Use that wild imagination of yours to craft stories that will speak to children and teach them valuable life lessons in creative ways so they can make a real difference in the world, no magic required.

4. Philanthropist

You’ve made bank off of your books, now spread the wealth by giving to the charities nearest and dearest to you, such as the Authors Against Their Fans Living at Home Past the Age of 28 Fund (AATFLHPATF).

5. Literally almost anything besides a TERF

J.K. Rowling set a precedent for career-changing fantasy authors with her newfound passion of spewing anti-trans rhetoric on Twitter with apparently no real motive other than to get herself the attention she so desperately craves. But don’t be led astray. There are other options out there, we promise.

Talk to a career coach. Go eat, pray, love in Bali (even though that’s not your genre). You could be literally anything! Just not a cop, TERF, or NRA supporter. Those positions are filled.

Your fantasy writing career may be over, but your life is not. Spread your wings and let your new career take flight!

Kristen Pizzo

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