A multi-published author, the president of Writers Plot Readers Read Inc Society, and a co-director of Writers Plot bookshop ... none of which make any money.
Yeah not the best knock, knock joke ever!
The bookshop is a not-for-profit (like the society) which doesn't mean it can't make money, in fact, it has to make money to cover utilities and so forth ... one day maybe we'll get paid, but that doesn't look likely. Meanwhile, we keep the doors open and volunteer our time to trying to get the shop to a place where we will be able to get paid. It's been two years. Which is amazing. Hell of an achievement really.
It's entirely possible to be a multi-published author with an actual publisher and make so little that it makes zero difference to your ability to pay bills or eat or replace a kid's stolen school uniform.
At the moment it feels like I'm a volunteer in my own life.
I may as well be as I'm writing for nothing ... [do not tell me I'd make money on my own because that's bullshit. I have my own stuff out there. There is no money being made here.]
It's getting to the point where I need a real job or we're not going to survive. I have proven we can live on very little but there is a limit to my budgeting ability when there simply is not enough coming in to cover the basics and savings have dwindled to beyond the ever-shrinking safety zone.
I have monetized my blog but it turns out that despite getting decent blog traffic - no one clicks on the unobtrusive ads so that didn't work. Go figure.
Doing what I'm trained to do isn't an option anymore because my brain doesn't not like flashing lights, bright lights, high pitched noises, or constant droning noise. In fact, it packs a wobbly pretty quickly when subjected to the multiple affronts found in a dental surgery. That's pretty annoying.
Birthday's and Christmas are coming ... a book launch is also coming. There won't be any books there though. You'll have to order paperbacks from Amazon or Book Depository - you can always drop into the bookshop and I'll sign your copy. :)
There won't be any more of my books in our bookshop. Cash is required to make that happen. To be honest, I'm more concerned about birthdays, Christmas, paying my tax bill, and finding money for the new school year in Feb than having my books available in our shop. (Kids like to eat too, it ever ends! :))
I did discover something, which makes zero sense to me, but it is what it is ... I'm making less from book sales this year than last year and I've done more this year, as in, been proactive. Knock me down with a feather!
Not sure what to do next. Maybe nothing? Maybe I should just write and ignore everything else. By that I mean, expend zero effort on anything that isn't writing.
I have read that it takes 10 years to be an overnight success. Another year two years to go then. :)
(Unless it's 5 years like I just read, in that case, I've missed the boat. Please send a search party I'm obviously lost somewhere!)
I have also read that you need to have at least 10 books published to make money. Well I have and I'm not so, I call bullshit on that.
All the advice I've ever recieved starts with 'invest in yourself' but when there is nothing to invest, then what?
What happens then?
Right now I just hope that I can fill all 8 slots on the upcoming Creating Video Content evening, because then I should be able to pay my tax bill and buy Breezy's stationery for the next school year.
This is fun ... here are some handy links for you.
PS. Someone told me today that I made a reader cry. That's definitely a win. The book culprit was METABYTE.
Isabel working I had to knock?
That was truly awful.