I have read quite a bit about the career of one man who went from a career totally unrelated to apologetics, to a full-time career in apologetics in a pretty short span of time.
You probably know about him too.
His name is Lee Strobel. He’s an Evangelical.
He was trained as a lawyer, but was working as a journalist, reporting on legal matters for a major Chicago newspaper.
Then he became a Christian, and wrote a famous apologetics book called The Case For Christ. Or maybe he became a Christian while writing it. I’m not sure.
His book became a bestseller.
Later, he became an associate pastor at a big megachurch.
Another famous ap0logetics book is Rome Sweet Home, by Dr. Scott Hahn. You know all about him of course. He was a Presbyterian pastor and part-time seminary professor who converted to the Catholic Faith.
His book too became a bestseller.
There is also the case Joseph Pearce. He has no college degree at all, yet he is now an instructor or a professor at Ave Maria University. How’d he do it? First, he converted from being a major racist writer and leader, to being a Catholic. Then he began to write pro-Catholic books that got published by major secular and Catholic publishing companies, and which sold reasonably well.
To me, a key for you would be to write a book about the Catholic Faith that has a reasonable chance of getting published by a major Catholic book publisher (e.g., Our Sunday Visitor; Ignatius Press; etc.). That would help launch a career as a person who promotes the Catholic faith.
I think you perhaps should broaden your approach beyond apologetics. As I see it, you aim is to lead people to the Catholic faith, and to sustain and enrich those already in the Catholic faith. As such, your book writing, article writing, blog writing, speech making, radio appearances, etc., could and should go beyond what is typically called apologetics. Your subject really is the broader thing called evangelization. That’s what I think. Apologetics, as you know, is a subset within evangelization.
The Vatican, and the various Catholic dioceses around the USA and the world have no offices or departments dedicated to apologetics. Not as far as I know.
But they DO all have offices and STAFF dedicated promoting what is now being called the “New Evangelization.” That is perhaps a path for you to consider. The pope and the bishops rarely if ever talk about apologetics, or use that term. But they can’t stop talking about the “New Evangelization.” My diocese recently hired a lay person from another state to head up its New Evangelization program.
I advise you to write a book that has the potential to attract a large base of buyers.
Personal memoirs ab0ut conversion will not generally attract buyers unless there is something really unique about the person’s story.
In Dr. Scott Hahn’s case, he had the unique situation of being an ordained Presbyterian and professor at a Presbyterian seminary who converted to the Catholic Faith after much research and study and debate.
Lee Strobel had the unique facts of being a graduate of Yale Law School, and being a successful journalist at a major newspaper. His book isn’t even really mostly about his conversion. His book is his interviews with Christian professors about challenges skeptics make regarding the reality of God and the Christian faith.
Joseph Pearce was an ex-skinhead and major racist leader and publisher who went to prison for his racism.
I’m just saying that you need to conceive of a book that will attract attention. If no company publishes it, or if no one buys it, it won’t help launch a career in promoting the Catholic Faith.
If you could find a way to write a book some interesting aspect of the thought or life of Pope Benedict XVI, that would be good. Among Catholics, books about the current pope tend to sell well.
For example, you could write a book showing, from Pope Benedict’s writings and speeches, that the appears to be a mystic, or to favor the approach to spirituality favored by Catholic mystics. As far as I know, no author has yet written such a book.
Good luck to you!