Last week I said I was back, it's true I am, but not going too fast. I did work on a short story for Christmas and edited on my WIP, but didn’t write all that many words – but, it’s a start.
I am not sure if I will get back to writing every, or nearly every day of the week, maybe when winter comes, I will get a little more prolific. It is always rewarding to write a scene I like, but re-dos, do-overs, cuts, and adds, are tedious and can be downright dull hours on my laptop.
It may be that I was enjoying writing more when I was not checking sales and looking at my writing income every day. What started as a hobby became more of a business, which is nice, but the business end takes time from, watching Baseball, playing golf, hiking, photography, gardening, and sitting around doing nothing – being retired.
I remember my first sale and the first check for more than $100. I keep a copy of that check
Of my twelve books, I have only two with sales over a thousand, but several more getting close. One of my books sits at less than 20 sold, guess they don’t all work.
What is Selling Now?
· 1) Romance/Erotica
· 2) Crime/Mystery
· 3) Religious/Inspirational
· 4) Science Fiction/Fantasy
· 5) Horror
The average traditionally published book sells 3,000 copies in its lifetime and only about 250-300 copies the first year.
To make the New York Times Best Seller list, a book needs to sell 9,000 copies, or more, the first week.
Most self-published eBooks sell less than 250 copies in their lifetime
Most self-published-only authors, make less than $1,000 per year, some much less than that.
I write, westerns/historical fiction, kids chapter book adventures, humor, and historical non-fiction. Humm, don’t see any of those on the list above. I do write mystery into my historical fiction, that should help.
My Point for the day –
Write because you love it, write for the pure joy of putting words to a story - and don’t quit your day job, not yet anyway.
Today’s photos are from Guernsey State Park, five minutes from our home.
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