Kathleen Fuller Celebrates the “Writer’s Life”

Recently Katie Yeakle asked AWAI readers how they will celebrate when it’s time to resign from their “old life” to officially start the “writer’s life” …

Well AWAI Member, Kathleen Fuller celebrated a little quicker than she'd planned.

Since summertime Kathleen had been standing at the threshold, putting on her coat and gloves so to speak, waiting for the right time to venture into the writer's life. Then last Wednesday, all of a sudden she got shoved through that door.

Two days after a discussion with her employers that the mold in their building was making her sick, Kathleen’s boss called her in and said, 'This is your layoff call.'

Shock is an inadequate word to describe her reaction. She had been secretly hoping they would lay her off so she could begin her new career without jeopardizing her household. Still, the position she held in the company made it seem impossible. But since they can't afford to renovate the building just yet, they saw laying her off as the only reasonable decision. Surpise!

The event was so unexpected that she and her husband celebrated by eating the dinner she had already prepared. Then he went off to work on a sleep study that had been scheduled weeks earlier.

"Although it doesn't sound very exciting, all of this couldn't have been timed better if I had planned it. With Randy gone all night at the sleep center, I was able to spend the whole evening until 1:30 a.m. working on several Web pages, forms, an autoresponder series of 7 messages, and setting up a PayPal account. You see, on Tuesday morning I sent out 150 sales letters for a syndicated newsletter I am creating, and some businesses were going to start receiving the letter Thursday morning. Sure enough – I received my first response around 11:30 a.m.

Boy, am I glad I stayed up so late getting things in place. As of today, I have my first paid subscriber. I'm so happy I'm about ready to jump out of my skin.

To everyone at AWAI, thanks for all the help and encouragement. I have already made money for my first copywriting client – me."

–Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen and her husband plan to officially celebrate her sudden career change and their 19th wedding anniversary by taking a trip to Daytona Beach and Tampa, Florida.

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Published: January 19, 2010

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