This is a new experience.
I’m not opposed to new experiences. I’ve done a lot of things in my life. Most of them fun. Not everything ends up as expected. Some times things go horribly awry.
One change I made this year, with regards to my writing and publishing, was to get on a schedule and stick to that schedule. Write the books, put the books out. See what happens. If you’ve been following for some time, you know I set a goal back in May when all this began. I wanted to make $100 from my writing in 6 months.
That means doing nothing more than my regular social media I’ve been doing all along. Nothing. Write the books, put the books out on a schedule, release it, tell everyone, write the next one. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Nothing more. Nothing less.
I won’t lie. I never thought I’d get anywhere close to that. Though I’ve been sticking to the schedule, I had started to lose hope that we’d ever get there. I wasn’t going to let the failure get to me. I mean, we’re only 4 months in. There are 2 more months to hit that goal, right?
So here we are, in August. Nearly at the end of the month. I dropped Almost-Super Heroes this week. As I’d mentioned, I started reading the copy and was 4 chapters in before I had to stop myself. I feel that this is some of my better writing and I’m having a blast with all the characters across all the series. GRPC3 is coming along nicely and I can’t wait to drop this one.
What does all this have to do with new experiences?
I’ve dropped 2nd books in a series before. I’ve given away a lot of books with the hopes people will pick up the next in the series. I’ve been on podcasts talking about my work and tried to get people to read my stuff. Since January 2011 through March 2020, I’d made a grand total of $420 across all my books. Really, I didn’t think I’d ever crest much more with my writing. I didn’t think it’d happen.
So far this month, with the release of ASH2, I’ve sold 10 titles. Yes, I know this is very small, but with ASH2, I’ve sold 3 copies this week and 5 copies of ASH1. On top of that, I have 1000 page reads in Kindle Unlimited (KU).
For those that make a living with their writing, yes, this is small potatoes. Not much to talk about. For some, this happens hour over hour every day of the year. For me, this is a whole new experience. I’m seeing read through! I’m seeing an uptick. I’m seeing sales and reads.
Sure, it’s happened sporadically before. I’ve always known what my failings were. I wasn’t consistent. Since March, I have a slow, steady uptick in my sales. I’ve released work on a schedule. It appears to be working. Since March, I’ve made $65.
Again, yes, I get that this is not a large amount. But remember my goal. $100 in 6 months. We’re 4 months in and I’m two-thirds of the way there. Before this week, I wasn’t even half-way. Like I said, I’d pretty much given up on that initial goal of $100 in 6 months. I didn’t think it’d happen. Though I’d given up on hitting that mark, I didn’t stop putting work out. That’s what’s burned me in the past.
This week has filled me with excitement. Last night I sat down and scheduled 6 of the next 9 short stories that will be coming out every other week. I began formatting Murdockian Tales volume 1. I’ll get getting that one ready to drop soon. That’ll collect the first 9 short stories. My Favorite Daughter did a great job on the next set of book covers.
Coming into this week, I was feeling a bit deflated. I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure if all this was worth it. Seeing this bump? I can say I feel renewed and energized. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next two months.
Until Next Time!
One of the many things I thought about over the weekend, while relaxing by the pool, petting dogs, and enjoying the Southern California sunshine, I knew what I needed to do.
I’ve said this many times over the course of this blog and on 5 a day with Jay. Yes, I know I’m becoming a broken record, but it needs to be said over and over.
I’m rebuilding the relationship with my fans.
Back when I was podcasting, I had an audience of around 200. That doesn’t sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but when I look my number now, I’m lacking. I’ve had to think why am I lacking and what can I do to fix that.
One word I’ve used over and over has been consistency. Doing this blog every day. Posting 5 a day with Jay on week days. I need to get doing my newsletter to my email group monthly. I need to get my books and short stories scheduled so they’ll drop on time without fail.
Why? Why do I need to be consistent? What is it about doing this regularly that I’m hoping to achieve? What does this do with the relationship between the reader and me?
It rebuilds the trust.
When I disappeared, several times over the past decade, I proved to readers I wasn’t to be trusted. Sure, I put out a good story, but I didn’t put them out in a timely manner. I didn’t keep the content flowing. Why keep following someone who isn’t going to keep their head in the game?
When talking with Tim Niederriter this evening for his podcast, that’s the one thing we kept coming back to. Consistency is key, but it helps build trust with readers.
That’s what I’m working toward. Rebuilding the trust I once had with readers.
I’m off to go make some magic happen
Until Next Time!
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