I work in social media for consumer goods and have for about five years now as I've toiled away on my novels on evenings and weekends. I accepted a few years ago that it's unlikely I'll make a living on just writing novels, so I've really made an effort to pick day jobs I like. Despite my best efforts, my jobs have been just kind of okay.
Recently an opportunity has arisen to apply for a job at a publisher! Social Media Manager role. The problem: it pays 2/3 my current salary. However, a writer some time ago told me that she credits working in publishing with her ability to eventually get published. "At least it's a salary," she said. "I'd do that over going to get an MFA." (Which is something I also briefly considered before ruling it out due to not wanting to go into debt.)
I know it's really the strength of the story that sells a book, but I do wonder if I don't consider at least applying for this job, I'll be missing a huge opportunity to see the inner workings of the industry and somehow putting myself at an advantage when I'm ready to query again.
I'm not expecting you to decide my life for me, but I'd love any insight you can provide.
You don't say where the job is located.
If it means moving to NYC and working at the actual publishing company, well, that's gonna test your budgeting skills, but it is a good way to get the low down on how this industry actually works (if you can call this working.)
If it's a job that's done remotely, you'll see and experience less of the day to day stuff and insider knowledge will be harder to come by.
Moving to NYC isn't for everyone, of course. I always say the only reason you should be here is if you want to be. It's too hard to live here if you don't.
But the bottom line is I think it's a good thing to experience if you want to be a writer.
And for those of you who don't have the option of working in publishing or moving to NYC, that's ok. It won't hurt your career at all. That's why you'll have me. I know enough about how publishing works for the both of us.