As I read my column each Sunday, I also read yours. I am making the assumption you are a professional writer. I am not, but I would like to expand my horizons.
I enjoy reading and writing, and it crossed my mind that I could continue to do this as I age. Writing keeps me in the game, staying relevant, current and contemporary. I enjoy doing the research. Is it feasible to earn some part-time income writing? — Fred, via email
DEAR FRED: Unfortunately, your timing couldn't be worse. The problem right now is that the newspaper industry is having serious income problems. I believe that these will work themselves out over a period of time, but in the meantime, being paid for writing a column is becoming more and more difficult.
You make an assumption that I am a professional writer. I have written a column for 30 years. I suspect that maybe I can be described as professional. I, too, write the column principally because I enjoy it, certainly not for the income that it generates.
You can keep slugging away and applying to various newspapers and other print sources. It's possible that you may make connections, but don't be disappointed by being turned down. It's not a question of not having a good product; it's a question of the numbers of columns being eliminated because of serious income constraints.