Writing Income

There are a lot of misconceptions about writing and publishing. There is no magic money fairy waiting for me to finish a book and then shower me with dollar bills.

Oh, but how I wish there was!

I write because, well, it is imperative in my brain and heart. It says, “You must do this.” And so I do, whether I earn money or not.

In addition to my creative side, I also have a significant pragmatic streak. One that clearly directs me to “earn a living and put into place a framework for future income.” And to that end, I operate a housecleaning biz and my husband and I are proud owners of three rental properties – one of which is currently rented out, and the other two are under renovation at this time. You can learn more about that, by visiting The Cottages website.

I refuse to be secretive about my successes (and failures) as a writer and entrepreneur. Keeping it secret does nothing to help others, and you are not my competitor, even if you write what I write, clean houses like I do, or are an aspiring landlord. There is room enough in the world for both of us.

At present, I have six books available for sale. And below you will see the details of that income, such as it is, which I plan on updating monthly. If I get busy and forget, feel free to drop me a line and remind me to update if you don’t see the figures posted.

I’m still learning. And there is a steep learning curve that seems to keep growing in height! I try to balance learning marketing while also writing, but I’m probably going to let things run on their own for a while, get some writing done this summer and then possibly go back in depth in marketing in the last couple of months of the year.

Note: “Page reads” is the approximate income I receive from some or all of my books currently in the Kindle Unlimited (KU) or Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL). It varies slightly, but hovers around 0.00488 cents per page read on Kindle.

“CreateSpace” is the Amazon Print-On-Demand feature that sells my books in their paperback versions. At this time, my books are offered almost exclusively through Amazon. This may change in the future.

June 2018 Earnings – $270.88 (still in progress, not final figures)

  • Kindle Ebook sales – $146.14 (53 books sold)
  • Page reads – $114.10
  • CreateSpace sales: $9.84 (6 books sold)

Changes or things I did differently: A Product Display ad in AMS for Get Organized, Stay Organized turned “on” and has been appearing on folks’ Kindle screens. This has generated a greater amount of sales and page reads.

May 2018 Earnings – $134.16

  • Kindle Ebook sales – $53.05 (16 books sold)
  • Page reads – $71.27
  • CreateSpace sales: $9.84 (6 books sold)

April 2018 Earnings – $93.62

  • Kindle Ebook sales – $16.07 (6 books sold)
  • Page reads – $68.03
  • CreateSpace sales: $14.44 (8 books sold)

Changes or things I did differently: I began fine-tuning some AMS ads.

March 2018 Earnings – $58.19

  • Kindle Ebook sales – $14.02 (8 books sold)
  • Page reads – $42.49
  • CreateSpace sales: $1.68 (1 book sold)

February 2018 Earnings – $119.57

  • Kindle Ebook sales – $36.73 (12 books sold)
  • Page reads – $72.52
  • CreateSpace sales: $10.32 (5 books sold)

January 2018 Earnings – $139.91

  • Kindle Ebook sales – $45.55 (14 books sold)
  • Page reads – $77.24
  • CreateSpace sales: $17.12 (9 books sold)

December 2017 Earnings – $193.76

  • Kindle Ebook sales – $30.42 (16 books sold)
  • Page reads – $150.17
  • CreateSpace sales: $13.17 (5 books sold)

November 2017 Earnings – $114.77

  • Kindle Ebook sales – $24.05 (12 books sold)
  • Page reads – $90.72
  • CreateSpace sales: $0.00 (0 books sold)

Changes or things I did differently: Prior to November 2017, I had done zero advertising. In the last week of October 2017, I began posting on 300+ Facebook groups that serve as book promotion sites. I did this through January or mid-February 2018.

Note: Prior to November 2017, I earned approximately $3-$5 per month in total sales and page reads. I did not track those numbers or details.