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April 2016 Numbers

Words

Words Written:                                                       13,116

Days I Didn’t Write but Should Have:                11

Days I Didn’t Reach my 2500 Writing Goal:     1

 

So April was really freaking busy and none of it, as you can see, involved writing. My parents and brother came to visit, my husband’s aunt came to visit, and we went on our first vacation since our daughter was born. I also painted our master bathroom when my husband took our daughter to see his parents. I wasted primo writing time on painting. Oh well.

I did get SFR8 edited and published, so that’s good. I also finished writing PR1 since I wasn’t able to finish it on deadline. Right now I should be writing PR2, but I’ve decided to set that aside for a little bit and focus on the sequel and prequel to SFR8.

 

Sales

Book Sales:                                                               180

Pages Read:                                                               8,550

Free Downloads:                                                     1,669

 

Well everything is up from last month, so that’s nice. I was able to be a part of the Patty Jenson SciFi promotion and that accounts for a lot of the free downloads, love it when I’m able to be a part of her promotions.

Honestly, this was another poor launch for a new book. SciFi romance is apparently a very popular genre and it takes a lot to get noticed in it. Before, I could release a new book and I’d see a nice bump but that hasn’t happened for my last three releases. There’s just so much competition and I haven’t yet figured out how to get my books in front of people.

I keep submitting for a Bookbub and ENT, and keep getting turned down. I did a fivr ad for my newest book and I ended up getting no downloads and received a refund because of it. I spent $250 on a cover for my new book, I’d created a cover in Canva.com that I really liked, but was afraid that it wasn’t helping. This was the first time I’ve commissioned a cover and that was an interesting/confusing process. Still, awesome professional cover hadn’t been helping the book either.

I’ve reached a point where I feel like I’m just throwing money and time at things that aren’t helping me reach readers so I just want to say fuck it I’m just going to write and publish and who cares if anyone reads it. Thankfully my husband has said that he’ll look into things and take over marketing for me. He has ideas, but he doesn’t know much about self-publishing or marketing so we’ll see what happens. I’m grateful that he’s helping because it means I can hopefully not feel too bad about ignoring that side of things for a while and just focus on writing.

I have paperback editions up for all but three of my books, so I’m halfway done there. The new book got a paperback edition faster than any of the others.

Anyway, that concludes my update for April. Not sure how helpful, if at all, people find these, but I like to make my numbers available so people can feel better about themselves. Either because they are doing so much better than I am or because they now know that not everything has taken the publishing world by storm. I love the really positive I just sold 2 million books threads on kboards, but sometimes it gets depressing.

 

May Goals

  • Write Prequel & Sequel to SFR8
  • Keep submitting Bookbub and ENT
  • Work on Createspace editions for remaining books
  • Work on Mailing list

December 2015 Numbers

Words

Words Written:                   9582

That’s all I’m posting this month regarding words because I wrote what I needed to and that’s all that matters. Sure it would have been nice to write the first 10k in my next book, but it also would have been nice to not be so sick through the entire holiday season. My body hates me apparently.

 

Sales

Books Sold:                           284

Pages Read:                           36,300

Free Downloads:                 1400

My books sold are down from last month which kind of stinks, but my pages read and free downloads are up. I released the third book in my second series in the middle of the month, later than I had originally planned, and I ran a bknights promo. Overall, money wise I made more this month, but I’m really hoping for an upward trend and I’ve sort of stalled out. At least that’s how it feels.

I ended up not updating the paperback edition of my 1st book, but creating a paperback edition for the 1st book in my 2nd series. Not sure what spurred it on, but it’s done and I’m waiting for a proof. That’s pretty much it for December.

 

Some Year-End Data

Total Expenses:                    $717

Total Revenue:                     $3,560

Works Published:                20

Words Written:                   251,550

All of that is an increase from last year and I’m very happy with all of it.

 

2016 Self-Publishing and Writing Goals

Write my series crossover book, edit, and publish

Write three books in a new paranormal romance series

Increase daily word count to 2500 words

Put more money earned toward my self-publishing instead of boring things like paying off debt

Make paperback editions of all of my books

Write and publish 10 books (I’ll be happy with 8-9 though)

Run more promotions (I can feel it, this is going to be the year I get a Bookbub)

 

I think that’s about it, I’ll update this monthly, though. What is everyone else planning to do in 2016?

2015 Writing/Self-Publishing Goals

Tomorrow I’ll post all the “wonderful” numbers of December, with a few 2014 numbers thrown in. Today, just under the deadline, I’m going to post my 2015 writing/self-publishing goals.

2015 Writing/Self-Publishing Goals

 

Meet my monthly writing goal EVERY month

Actually finish some of the sixteen plus projects I’ve started

Publish at least one (preferably lots more) book/episode

Re-Brand Amelia Bennett Chronicles

Get new, professional, book covers for Episodes 1-6 of AB Chronicles

Create a box set for season 1

Create a paperback for season 1

Run a few ads

I’ve got a lot of self-publishing goals, mainly working on stuff I completed this year, and my writing goals really boil down to, write damnit. Pretty basic, but hopefully I’ll meet everything.

Happy New Year!!!!

Editing Round Two

Well I’ve finished the second round of edits for Episode Five. Now I just need to read through it about three more times, making corrections as I go along. Then I will send it to my beta reader (email me if you’d like to become one) and wait for their feedback. After that I’ll make any corrections and then send it to my kindle to find errors. Finally I will contact my editor and get on her schedule.

Hopefully by that point I will have some money, I really hate to use a credit card, but I don’t want to release without a professional edit. I’m selling some things on ebay, well my husband is selling some things for me, so that should cover a chunk of it.

Today I emailed someone about a work from home job. It’s a place I’ve worked at before, but I had to quit because my six week old had colic, and it was impossible to work and take care of her at the same time. I’m kind of sad that I’m having to do this again, but we need the money and I don’t want to wait until we’re in a bad situation. It’s going to really eat into my writing/self-publishing time, but I hope to still be able to meet my 350 daily word goal.

The things we do for love.

Monthly Word Count Met

Discipline

This makes it seem like I’ve got my shit together but I don’t. If it helps two days this month I didn’t meet my daily goal.

Well I met my monthly word count goal today. WhooHoo!!!

I still plan on continuing to write every weekday but next week when I start editing Episode Five I am just going to focus on editing. If I write, awesome, but if not I’m still getting work accomplished.

I’m really excited about how much my writing productivity has increased by doing this. Having such a small goal and holding myself accountable with an excel spreadsheet has been very motivating. I rarely stop at 350 words, which is why I met my goal so early, but every now and then it’s a real hassle to get those words so it’s nice to know I can stop once they’re out.

I’ll post more specific stats at the end of the month for now though I was excited and felt like sharing.

My Financial Writing Goals

goals

 

They are really more like levels of success than goals but since they are unique to me I felt they should be called goals instead of saying how I’ll know when I make it. I will end up thinking I’ve made it when I hit my first or second goal, but some people wouldn’t agree.

  • First Level: Being able to pay for edits and covers with my books earnings and not out-of-pocket
  • Second Level: Being able to pay off all my debt (including that horrible loan for New Horizons and those stupid IT certifications)
  • Third Level: Being able to afford to have someone come clean my house once a week.
  • Final Level: Buying a house with cash money in Tennessee

There’s a bit of a jump from level three to four, and if I ever make it to three I might end up adding in more just so I feel like I’m accomplishing something. I’m sure if I stop meeting goals by that point I’ll be horribly crushed and just curl up and never write again.

I should probably stop planning what I’m going to do when I make it and actually get up off my ass and finish this damn book.

You know what I think I’ll go to bed instead.

Good Night.