Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Promethean, Mar 18, 2014.
Sometimes, working on multiple projects at once is better as you don't want to get burnt out or "bored" as losing motivation can be very detrimental to success. Anyways, keep up the great work and good luck, you've definitely got a lot of work on your hands but if you stay motivated I'm sure you'll reach all of your goals!
So, what kind of success are you having in the Kindle market? I was able to generate $500-800/mo with a few books for a couple years but it's kind of petered out and I haven't kept up with it.
Fiction, Non-fiction, Reference?
At the moment, non-fiction. Been doing this for just over a month now. One book has sales, the other book absolutely none. I'm going with the bigger niches, because book two was in a micro-niche, and book one was in a massive market.
Did a free promo, and that made no difference on sales. Hence I'm re-evaluating whether the KDP Select program is right for every book.
$500-$800 a month is nothing to sniff at. I figure if you put together a site with your books on it, did a few social media blasts every so often it'd be worth maintaining. i tend to think of each project's recurring income as paying off a specific thing.
For instance, if one of my books makes $50 a month, then I can drink as much coffee as I want. etc.
$500 a month could be all your utility bills, or pay for all your transport or something.
Anyway, thanks gtownfunk and Veyron for replying. I'll update this thread when I have some news.
Alright. In keeping with striking whilst the iron was hot, I've put up one of my sites. First blog entry, theme picked, etc. Using the genesis framework.
Going to spend the evening writing a couple more blog articles. I figure that If I can get a queue and a schedule going (I'm thinking one post every three days, so 2-3 per week) I'll be less likely to treat it as something that can be put off.
Some actual information thus far, for those who might want informative advice from my toils:
- I'm using StudioPress Genesis framework (which I paid for.) It's really easy to set up, and it's quite easy for the site to look professional with just a few minutes work. The kicker will be once the sites developed how limiting its ease of use is.
- Using SEO for Wordpress for the first time. Jesus, writing blog entries with decent seo stats is a lot harder than writing lots of words for books. I've never thought so much about keyword density and other nonsense in my life. Article length - 1000 words. time to write - 20 minutes. Time to edit - an hour. ergh.
- Will have to monetise at some point. This site is one where I hope to write an ebook at a future point, and have already written a chapter of this book. Still, I plan to blog for at least 3 months before releasing it. Enough time to build up a mailing list and establish some sort of authority. Speaking of which, i need to set up an rss feed and a mailing list account.
Final point for now: I have domains for all but one of my projects. I've got the themes, which means most of my expenses have been covered for the year. It's worked out at $490 for that. those are my fixed costs. Now it's just variable costs. Not bad really for the bulk of the expenses.
Anyway, will update this when I next get something considerable done. Any questions or advice in the meantime is welcome.
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