Publishing takes a lot longer than editing. By far. All I really worked on – besides an interesting article I sent out to my tiny list of IF authors (says that your ads have to make over 120% in order to be profitable (and pay the increased taxes). If you want 50% of your income spendable, they have to be about 300%. Really.
The Great Writing Business Challenge – Week 21 Results
Instafreebie/PW: 25/103 (Actual vs. Reported: 25%)
Overall Total: 3471 (big drop from list “hygiene” where I overboarded over a hundred non-openers. IF has slowed down.)
Published Words Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 0, Medium: 0, Wattpad: 0
– paid – Book Outlets: 0, Medium: 0
Published Words Non-Fiction:
– free – Own Site: 1623, Else: 0 (Medium)
– paid – Book Outlets: 0, Medium: 0
Books re-published with updates:
- Total: 32 updated, 39 to go, 111 total – fiction
- A few anthologies and singles found never published to Amazon, several missing from Gumroad and own site.
Books In Progress:
Book sales this week:
Note: Amazon Fiction – 1/29=3.4%
Lulu sales for April: 5 PDF ebooks, 157 paper/hardback (avg per week – 50 | avg. royalty – $3.79) only three fiction out of that. Next report (for May) 15 June
New Podcast Episodes:
IF new subscribers cost has increased to just over 10 cents a piece. Lower volume – haven’t checked to see if the “filters” of previously-unsubscribed has been dropping that percentage.
Same strategy for this coming week. Get all possible books done – see if I can’t get them all wrapped up.
Meanwhile, I did do some research for that fiction book below. And purchased some Perry Mason TV videos to review – bone up on my mysteries. As well as finding all the Erle Stanley Gardner ebooks on my drives. Picked up a couple of shortish Louis L’Amour books – one is all short stories. Searching through for true Golden Age Pulp writers on my drives – the ones I like reading. (Found that DW Smith didn’t start writing until the late 70’s – so while he’s prolific and espouses “pulp methods” he wasn’t cut from the same cloth.)
The constant mantra I hold to proved out again – read what you love, write what you love. “Write the books you want to find” is another.
If you look at DW Smith, he’s just plain prolific. And set up a publishing house to get (and keep) his books in print. Meanwhile, he’s cranking out courses for his fans. (I quit after a dozen – after I found his opinions didn’t all prove out. Again, read what you love and throw the others out. Then write a LOT to get your practice in – making every book much better than the one before.) Louis L’Amour only thought he was “getting the hang of it” a shortly before his death.) I haven’t read any of Smith’s books that I know of. I’ve got enough to study of real pulp masters that I won’t have to read anything modern for years. (But I do keep up with movies from my DVD.Netflix subscription…)
Not all that much to say this week. Just slogging through getting these books updated.
Follow that up with getting them on Wattpad, my own site, and Medium.
Did confirm that my n0n-fiction will be updating the backmatter, but the real income will come from courses, audio, and print versions in addition to ebooks. (Fiction is really just ebooks. Nature of the two types of beast.) Non-fiction courses will be both membership and subscriber list as one. Courses will sell other versions of the book – and vice versa. This opens up handling the top-selling books I have that aren’t Strangest Secret Library or its references. Create and cross-promote the other books in that series (like the Copywriting/Marketing Masters series.)
I am looking forward to getting those Nightingale podcasts being posted again. Because I enjoy listening to the short snippets. I also have some old tapes of his that aren’t available except on the Internet. These don’t have transcripts anywhere, and so a very legitimate way to put a new book by him out with no baggage. (“From the notes based on the recordings of…”) Orphan works are tricky, as they aren’t public domain and online publishers/aggregators can come back at you asking about “rights”. Amazon’s duplicate content checks fall apart when no other digital versions exist. And yet I can publish a paperback version via Lulu to Amazon with no problems – because it isn’t digital.
Getting a better concept for what I am doing as pushing “goal achievement” or some similar keyword. All the “Strangest Secret” talked about was just that.
Last Weeks’ To-Do’s
- Emails out – blitz (Mon) YUP
- Re-publish fiction through all possible time this week – get all these re-published. YUP
- If any time left, use this on Wattpad research review/update. YUP
- Thursday auction (taking a cow and her calf this week) YUP (too sloppy to get cow/calf up.)
This Week’s To-Do’s
- Emails out – blitz (Mon)
- Re-publish fiction through all possible time this week – get all these re-published.
- If any time left, use this on Wattpad research review/update.
- Thursday auction (taking a cow and her calf this week)
- Write/publish one new book each week.
- Finish updating all fiction with backmatter (re-publishing is left)
- Publish Hooman Saga and Ghost Hunter series to Wattpad
- Update all SSL (self-improvement) non-fiction back matter and republish.
- Round up all books that formerly sold via Lulu ebooks and update, republish these.
- Restudy all material on Facebook, AMS ads and start implementing these.
- Go through non-fiction and start regularly creating courses for these – batches of books by topics. Segment these subscribers as needed away from others.
Also published on Medium.