As soon as I typed those two words, I suddenly had Heart’s lyrics running through my head…
These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it’s cold outside
But the reality is, I’m excited. It feels as if I woke up finally. I have FIVE books on Amazon. FIVE. Why am I not promoting the hell out of them?
And with just a few minutes a day of marketing on the Facebook groups, I’m seeing results. And that is just from ONE of those books I’ve written.
Now granted, according to everyone who has read it and reported back to me, Gliese 581: The Departure is probably my best book yet. However, letting the others sit out there, languishing, is silly. And now that I see that, I’m making some changes around here!
One Dollar a Day
“For just one dollar a day, your donation can feed a starving child in Africa…”
Apparently, lyrics aren’t the only thing bubbling out of my brain when I write subtitles.
But seriously, I need to start somewhere, right?
My huge short-term goal is to replace the income I make cleaning houses (currently anywhere from $1300 – $1650 per month) with income from my writing. But I have no idea how long that will take – weeks, months, years?
So I am starting with a far more simpler goal – I want to make $1 per day on my writing.
Kindle Unlimited to the Rescue!
Halfway through the free book giveaway on Gliese 581: The Departure, I noticed that that second line on the picture above, which indicates pages read through Kindle Unlimited had suddenly shown movement. Someone who was a member of Kindle Unlimited must have seen my book and instead of clicking on the Read Book for Free button, had instead simply began reading it under the Kindle Unlimited section.
This meant income for me.
How much income?
Well, not a huge amount in the bigger scheme of things – around $.004 per page. Yep, four tenths of a cent per page. But that has added up. In fact, it has added up to over $1.00 per day so far in November.
In the past 20 minutes I watched today’s number of pages read jump from 168 to 184 – so someone is reading Gliese 581: The Departure at this very moment, somewhere in the world.
And here is where I think I’m going to make my money.
The Nitty Gritty
I’ve already put it in the budget – so that means it exists as an expectation, a goal, and a driving force to get that marketing done every day. I’ve got a list of 368 Facebook pages I can promote in. Not all of them apply, some are for specific genres, some only allow book promotions on certain days or a certain number per day or week, so it isn’t me flooding the FB groups, all 368 of them, each day. More like 20-40 per day. And it takes about 20 minutes to do. I’ve got it down to a science of copying, pasting, updating my files and moving on.
And that’s just Facebook. I’m also reading up on other angles of attack to see what else I can get into. Podcasts focusing on authors, that’s going to be a big one.
One dollar a day is just the start. It’s a goal that I can accomplish in a short amount of time and it will also give me an idea of how quickly I can accomplish Goal #2 – Five dollars per day ($150/month), which I have set in my future budget as beginning in April 2018.
I guess another way to look at it would be that I will be trying to add another $1 per day on to my income each month. December $2/day, January $3/day, February $4/day, March $5/day – with at least a month of leeway in case things don’t move that quickly.
Goal #3 then expects $10 per day ($300/month) by October of next year and then Goal #4 would be $50 per day ($1,500/month). I don’t have a date expectation on that last one, but it will coincide with me stepping away from cleaning houses and instead focusing entirely on writing for my monthly income.
The end goal would obviously be a much higher amount than just $1500 per month in writing income, but I like to keep my short-term goals small and achievable. After all, I’m talking about taking my current income of $1 per day to $50 per day in a rather short timespan, maybe less than two years.
In short, I think that it is achievable and rather exciting to finally be turning my sights onto writing for a living!
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