Las Vegas, Den of Iniquity and Writer’s Conferences

For the second time this year, I am leaving my family and traipsing off to another conference. It feels positively decadent to do so, and I’m counting the days.

Well, sort of.

I’m sure I’ll be hit with the “Why oh why did I think going to a writer’s conference, which will be filled with an overwhelming number of people, was a good idea?”

My 13-year-old is less than happy at the idea of me being gone for a week. At her age, I would have been over the moon to not have my mom around for a week – it makes me think I’m either doing something very right or very wrong. Really, I doubt there is any middle ground on this!

This will be my first 20 Books to 50k conference. The idea is a cool one. Want to make money writing books? Write a bunch of them and watch the income roll in. And really, it is to some extent a numbers game. This morning I did a quick review of my year-to-date sales. The year isn’t over yet, but my average sales go something like this:

  • Get Organized, Stay Organized – 385 sales – basically a little more than a book a day
  • The Storm (Book 1 of War’s End) – 135 sales – or one every three days
  • A Brave New World (Book 2 of War’s End) – 81 sales – 60% read through or 2 books a week
  • Hired Gun – 60 sales – or 1+ books each week
  • G581: The Departure – 21 sales – or around 1 book sale every 2nd week

I’ve really backed off on Amazon ads and I’m hopeless (at this point) on Facebook Ads. But basically, that is five books out of seven that are showing movement, mostly organic at that. If I had 4x that amount, 20 books performing instead of just five, what would my income look like? Because, after all, it isn’t simply a multiplier of four. People will read one book, and if they like it, look for more, and eventually follow you and buy any new book that comes out. So 4x the number of books might end up being six, or even eight times the income I’m currently making. Hopefully far more than that!

Here’s hoping I get really revved up by the conference and turn into a writing machine.

For now, my goals for the next ten days or so are:

  • Go to the conference in Las Vegas
  • Return to writing regularly (yep, story of my life, I keep falling off the wagon)
  • Go through the marketing/ads course I bought over a year ago and haven’t actually finished!