Finishing the saga. The New Year's Resolution of an Indie Author. I want to finish writing the Draoithe Saga. I won't likely get it all published next year, but I would like to write the last scenes in the saga. I might still write other stories later that are set in the dream, but finishing the rough draft on the last few books left to write would be nice. Publishing Goals: To publish Shadow Master, Lyons Gate, Criminal Behavior, Devil's Sins, and Four Horsemen by the end of 2021. It's a big goal, but I think I might be able to pull it off.
Author Walk 2021
As this is my Personal journal of my author walk, I want to be honest with you. Since I went back to working the full-time day job, sales dropped as fast as my promotion stopped. That told me a few things. First, this is not a part-time gig even though for now, I lack the ability to make it anything else. Second, I will never earn anything even close to commiserate to minimum wage for the labor of love that indie writing is. Third, I am hooked like a heroin addict and if this was a gambling addiction, the farm would have been long lost. LOL
I have seriously investigated free promotions and social media platforms. They are worth it and if I stay with it, I can see the impact. It isn't enough to get me what I want however (the end of the day job life). So, sorry if you were hoping I knew the road to instant success. (I don't think that really exists. There is always a back story.)
If the truth is that most self published authors never make but less than $200 on their books total, then if I have in the last two years made a few hundred on my books all together, then I have done as much as most. I have also learned a lot. Is there a magic formula for success? If there is, I have not hit upon it yet. (See my previous statements about get rich quick ideas for clarification.)
What's my goal? What would I consider a true success story? Clearing $500 a month on my books would be it, I'd say. Would I love more? Sure. Is it unrealistic? I don't think so. If it never happens will I be upset? No, I will only wonder what else I should have done. Don't worry, I won't quit on you. I love to write. It's a bit of an addiction for which I seek no rehabilitation, much like my reading habit.
I have quite a few books published, so given the size of my bookshelf, I could eventually crack the code and manage to make enough to fully fund my Roth Ira especially if writing in series is the winning strategy. (which I managed to do by accident and all the experts agree is the way to go when writing fiction.. I was only going to write one book. LMAO)
$500 a month would be a good side hustle. That would be a level of success worth shooting for. If I could multiply that figure by 5. I might be able to eek out a living as a writer. That might be far more difficult to pull off. The ball would have to start seriously rolling to manage it. How long will any of that take? I don't honestly know. I have spent two years working through the trenches knee deep in it for 6 months straight before I had to climb back into the corporate American rat race again. Still not yet. So unless or until, I will report back to my Day Job bright and early on Monday morning and dream of being a full time writer. (Or a lotto winner, same thing really, right?)
Hard Work, Not Passive Income Stream!
What I can say for sure about indie writing is this, if I am not 150% committed to my writing, publishing and promoting, then the amount of time it will take is astronomical, unless I put in cash. There-in lies the rub. How much is not enough? What is the too much mark? But the real question has always been: where does this money come from? With no guarantee on the investment, it is difficult for an old country girl like me to part with the hard earned cash.
My current working theory is this: I need to be advertising on both Facebook and Amazon. Twitter is far too complicated for ads, and Pinterest won't like this, but they can't keep their systems connected properly without a lot of help on the platform user end. My lack of computer tech skills is legendary. So...
Instagram and tumblr are better bets, even if I won't be likely to spend there either. I still intend to use Youtube as a cache for my video and audio content, but sadly when my weebly comes up for renewal, I might not buy the webpage again. It is expensive and I don't see the pay off for it yet. Especially as my stories are at this stage far more of an expensive hobby than a profitable business venture. So I see having a website as a push in the community, but it might be an expense better saved for that success milestone instead unless you just have the money to spend.
Shameless Self Promotion!
It's time for me to run away and handle the business of life. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and will enjoy a good read or two from my bookshelf. If I can answer any question or you just have a suggestion or comment, please drop me a line. My author walk continues into 2021 with the same zest for writing and ridiculous hope for the future of the dream even if my measurement for success has been redefined by the truth of my life. When you read, please be kind and leave your review. It only takes a moment, but an indie author will appreciate you for eternity for that one moment.
Goodbye 2020. Welcome 2021!
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.
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