And I thought it was just talking about books

This is one of the main reasons I got out of academia seven years ago (though it seems much longer than that). I remember the anxiety I had all through graduate school about looking for a tenure-track position, publishing articles and books, and working for peanuts at a junior college in Nowheresville instead of the high(er)-pay/high(er)-prestige university gig I wanted. I still have nightmares about it, occasionally.