Tip of the Day: Considering self-publishing? Hang out for a while at the Writer's Cafe on the Kindle Boards. It's like a crash course in self-pub.
Remember back in June when I said I'd pull down $100,000 this year, but that I wouldn't consider quitting my day job?
"Publishing does not guarantee you a steady income. I know self-pubbers
who were hitting big numbers last year, numbers that still beat my
current sales, who are now languishing in the low-sales club.
If they had quit their day jobs, where would they be today? Frustrated
with publishing because they can't seem to get their sales off the
ground? Likely. Looking for a job in a crappy economy wishing they'd
never quit their perfectly fine day job the year before? Definitely."
Wow, am I glad I'm a boring, practical person. I was easily on track to pull down big numbers in 2012. On August 6th, my Amazon sales were cut by 60%. Literally overnight. And I never got up that high again. The first seven months of year were incredible for sales, then faster than Batman's dialogue bubbles can say "Boom!" "Crash!" "Smash!" my sales took a nosedive.
I wish I knew why. Maybe then I could fix it. I've tried blog hops, ads, giveaways. Nothing worked and August ended up being my worst month in more than a year. Talk about painful...
Publishing is not a guaranteed stream of income unless you find someone to offer you a salary. It has its glorious up and wicked downs.
I didn't curl up in a ball and die. I kept writing. I have a new series coming out this fall under my other pen name Isobel Lucas.
I still love writing. That doesn't change no matter how many books I sell. I hope that you feel the same way about your writing.
As for hitting the $100k mark? There's always next year! ;)
Megg, Miss Enchanted ePubber