For new readers- I self published my first book February of 2013. I am now working my butt off to become a full time author.
Thank you to all my amazing readers. I am really sorry that this month has been a little slim on posts. My new schedule has been very difficult to adjust to. On that note, I have decided to do monthly updates instead of weekly updates on my successes and failures.
There are still a few days left in May but tomorrow we are celebrating my daughters’ birthdays. Friday I really need to get my butt in gear and finish proofing Wedding the Widow so I can publish it. Then, Saturday and Sun I work.
This month was my first month working part time and writing full time. It has been very overwhelming and I am feeling very burned out. I have made a bit under $500 this month from Fiverr gigs. I get paid $4 per gig so you can see how very many gigs that is. I am feeling totally unmotivated to do the work for others and this morning I might have lost a customer who had been routinely ordering because I was so burned out I could only manage 1100 words for his gig where I usually deliver just under 2000. My gig actually says up to 2000 words and it is about writing a custom adult story. I wrote the story and I honestly felt it was complete at the 1100 word mark. But, the buyer was not happy so I went back and added fluff to get the story to 1600 words which was a number we could both live with. I am bummed that I am not more motivated to get the work done because I really do love what I am doing. I am just finding it really exhausting on top of all of my own writing.
And, as far as that goes, this month hasn’t been great for creating new content either. I am working on a story about an actor named Vincent who is a real jerk and who thinks he is super special and treats women like dirt. Then, he is in a car accident and ends up grossly disfigured. He loses his girlfriend and his acting career. He ends up retreating to a small town where he falls in love with the local veterinarian, Annie.
Anyways, after a full month of not working on it I have only 8 pages to show. Sigh. I need to get into a writing routine so I can produce new content on a regular basis.
This month I have been mostly focused on marketing and editing. Both noble pursuits but not at the cost of new content.
I have been cleaning up a first draft of a romance I was hoping to have done by July. Not sure now if that is really going to happen or not. I love the story and characters but need to clean up the ending a bit.
I got Wedding the Widow back from the proofreaders. I am about halfway through making the suggested changes. Once that is done I will need to read through it one final time and then, I am going to release it. I am so ready. After a while I get so tired of a project I just want to be done with it. I love the book. I can honestly say it is my best yet and since it fits neatly into a genre I think it has the best chance of all my books of having decent sales potential. But, we shall see.
Marketing wise I ran several giveaways. Overall, I gave away: 1268 eBooks this month (this was over all my different markets and several different titles).
I sold 11 audio books and 26 eBooks (approximate numbers and this indicates all markets my books currently appear in and all titles).
At the end of May I have 10 different books for sale. Some in only eBook. Some in audio as well. Some only through KDP select and some through Smashwords too.
I am currently working on converting all 10 books into paperbacks as well through Createspace. I am waiting on proofs for the first 4.
When I write all this down it seems like May has been a fairly productive month. But, of course, I am feeling like I was incredibly lazy and could have done so much more.
I think that is probably a pretty normal feel for any indie writer.
My goals for next month:
Publish Wedding the Widow
Correct Book 1 in the series His Brother’s Child and send it to the proofreaders. Maybe I will release that one in July.
Finish the first draft of my actor/veterinarian romance.
Convert all my books into paperback form
Also, next month my kids start soccer and gymnastics. I am hoping I will have more writing time while they are in practice. Whether or not that will be a reality, we shall see.
Any comments, suggestions, or personal experiences would be appreciated.