Just to clarify, I'm new. I have always enjoyed writing as a hobby. However, it has always been recreational and even though I have toyed with the idea of making a living at it many times over the years, I haven't really ever pursued it in any formal fashion. I enjoy writing fiction, but in general I started writing in depth about daily life and things I'd done, and some of those got published in small rags and newsletters for various organizations that I belonged to. Mostly I enjoy writing things down that my kids will hopefully enjoy reading one day when they're older, and have forgotten how much fun they were to their Dad... Over the years I have also found that I tend to be very good at technical writing, as an Engineer I was always able to relay technical ideas through writing very well. This was never much fun though. As you can see, I like to talk about myself so I'll skip to the point: I have no idea how to even begin planning a long term career as a writer. I have no end of writing samples I could submit to anyone that could give me more guidance on where I could begin my journey. And in the mean time I have to pay the bills with the day job, and am raising 2 kids.