I'm going to start documenting this journey here as a way to keep myself motivated and accountable. I'm not starting from scratch, I have over 100 titles out there already. I was earning $150-$200 per day until KU2 kicked off on July 1. These days my average day is $50-$60, I have a long way to go to hit $500. I have several pen names that I use and I write in a few different niches. Typically a pen name will cover a specific niche or kink. I do my own editing and I outsource my covers. Since it's erotica there really isn't a need for marketing. I mentioned KU2 and before I go any farther I probably should explain what that is and why it was bad for me. For those of you who don't know, Amazon has a program called Kindle Unlimited where customers pay $10 a month to read unlimited books that are enrolled in the program. Kinda like Netflix with books. Amazon would pay authors a flat fee for every book borrowed, it wasn't as much as the royalties from a sale but borrows were easy to rack up. I was on track to being at $500 a day right now. Then they announced KU2. Kindle Unlimited version 2 pays authors roughly a half a cent per page read! If you were writing short stories (as most erotica is) that was a huge cut in pay. Amazon announced this in mid-June and I went into a funk. I was depressed and demoralized. I quit writing and coasted until this week when I decided I needed to get my act together. Until KU2 started on July 1, I never had days where I didn't make at least a hundred bucks. Since July 1, I haven't hit a hundred dollars in a day even once! Now a big part of the problem is that I quit writing. Without producing new material your sales and borrows are always going to fall off. That's on me and I'm pissed at myself for it. I can make a million excuses, and some are even justified, but in the end it comes down to that I got mad then I got lazy and my lack of production cost me money. This journey is about taking my writing career serious again. Writing more short stories, producing more bundles (several shorts bundled together) and working on a few romance novels. It's harder to make money with shorts than it was under KU1 but it's still doable. With hard work, I don't think I will fail to get to $500 a day by the end of the year. My plan is to write a minimum of four new short stories per week (6,000-12,000 words). I have an extensive library to bundle and I'll do that daily. I also want to write four romance novels (60,000 words) by the end of the year. I'm confident that I can get to $200-$300 a day just on shorts and bundles. I need the novels to kick that up to $500. I plan on tracking my daily production and earnings here so I have no choice but to hold myself accountable. I'll also continue ghost writing, although that cuts into my other writing time. I don't have much of a choice since Amazon pays two months after the fact so my checks in Oct, Nov and Dec are going to be a lot lower than I would like. Ghost writing will bring in money that I need today. I also think ghost writing is good since it often gets me to think outside the box. Clients request kinks and storylines that I probably wouldn't have done on my own and that makes me a better writer in the long run. I also plan on using things I've learned here like buying fake reviews to hopefully boost my sales. My books have always gotten really good reviews on their own, adding fake reviews into the mix can only benefit me. Once I get my first novel done I think fake reviews will be key to getting a successful launch. Every romance novelist I know says the most important thing is ARC reviews (advance reader copy) right off the bat. Buying fake reviews will give my novels that same boost. Currently my mailing list has a little less than 50 subscribers. I want to build my list higher through Facebook ads. I do a weekly mailing and it never fails to get sales, if I can increase my list to a couple hundred subscribers then it will pay off big time. My journey begins today and won't end until I'm making over $500 a day. Hopefully my journey may inspire a few of you to try your hand at writing for Kindle. There is a lot of money out there if you are willing to do the work.