I'm always amazed by the fact that some people assume all published authors are rich, live in mansions, have chauffeurs, travel to exotic places, and can take as much time off as we want. People have actually come right out and asked me how much money I make. I try, in the nicest way possible, to let them know I'm doing fine, but it's really none of their business exactly how much money I make. I think there's something about putting our work out there for everyone to read that gives them the impression they have the right to know what color underwear we have on.
One thing I will admit is that I do more than just write novels. Granted some people are able to make a nice living doing nothing but writing one book a year, but I'm not one of them. Fortunately, I've managed to string together a bunch of things to generate an income close to what I made working a regular day job. One of my gigs is being the Etiquette Guide at About.com. Do you see the irony in this? I actually wrote an etiquette article about how to answer rude questions.
I know quite a few authors who are also editors, publicists, agents, and professionals in other publishing type jobs. I've done a little bit of freelance editing, but it's not something I enjoy. Some of the writer friendly jobs I can think of off the top of my head include mystery shopping, freelance data entry, medical records coding, and e-book design and formatting.
What are some other things writers can do to generate enough income so we can continue to pursue our passion of telling stories?