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Q: Government Retirees and Writing Books ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Government Retirees and Writing Books
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: danieldog-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 18 Jun 2006 17:11 PDT
Expires: 12 Aug 2006 10:16 PDT
Question ID: 739198
I have been hired to speak to employees of the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA). I am a pilot and a skydiver. I am also an author
and currently spend most of my time speaking on book
writing/publishing and aviation.

Most of this audience are nearing retirement at 55 and have a lot of
time left. The FAA wants to ease them into retirement by giving them
something to look forward to. Many are afraid of retirement because
they can?t imagine what they will do. Writing a book is an option.
Many can write down their job or hobby experience and pass it on to
people new in the workforce.

Some of my questions are:

What do Federal government employees do in retirement. (Need
What is the life expectancy of government employees?
At what age do most retire?
After how many years on the job?
How do these numbers compare with retirees in the private sector?
Do FAA retirement statistics differ from other government agencies?

What is the life expectancy of an author? Do writers live longer?
(I?ve never heard of an author who retired.)

What are the retirement options for federal employees?
(I plan to spend most of the presentation on how to write a book?one option).

Are there any resources for government retirees who write?

Are there any famous authors who retired from the Federal (or state or
local) government?

Any other ideas and/or numbers on Federal government retirees and
fiction or nonfiction book writing?

I?ve seen a statistic attributed to the Gallup polling organization.
Something about 81% or 82% of the population having a book inside
them. Can you verify this statistic?

So, I need some retirement statistics to form a foundation or reason
for the presentation.
Then I need material on book writing in retirement.
I can handle the part on how to write a book. 

I already know about the statistics on the book industry at
I have NOT checked for numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the AARP.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Government Retirees and Writing Books
From: probonopublico-ga on 18 Jun 2006 22:36 PDT
Interesting question.

I do hope that you are right in suggesting that writers 'live longer'.

The benchmark, of course, is Methuselah who reached 969 years.

Maybe he was a writer?

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