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Writing, a year in review

One of these years, this post will be from the perspective of “The Year I Made My Entire Income From Writing” This year isn’t that year, but it’s a good stepping stone toward that goal. This is the first full year with more than one book out, so I have more data, and (yay!) more income. Books First of all, how many books are ‘live’ now? Four, well like three and a half. Space Rogues (1) Merry Garthflak, Wil (Short story) Space Rogues 2: Big Ship, Lots of Guns Space Rogues 3: The Behemoth Job Book 3 didn’t go live until a few days ago, so the bulk of the money and points in this post are primarily around books 1 & 2. Book 1 didn’t go wide until June…

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My First BookBub Deal!

I realized I never mentioned this. I got a BookBub (BB from here out)! If that name means nothing to you, you should sign up if you like getting great deals on books. They’re basically the big dog of book promo sites. Getting a BB is a big deal, getting rejected is a badge of honor among indie authors. There are two types of BB deals, free and discounted. Within those, there’s also international and US only. I got a free book, international deal. When you apply for your deal, one of the questions is are your dates flexible? Since I was applying on a lark, as I hadn’t in a few months, and now had two books, I checked, ‘yes’. I got the deal. After spinning around in my chair…

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2018 Conferences, Wrapped. Onward!

Warning: This has little to do with writing. Last week, I wrapped up the last of 2018’s 360|Conferences events. 360|iDev, like her sisters; 360|AnDev and Chicago Roboto did really well this year. I’m three for three, turning a profit. That is probably a head scratcher, “Just now turning a profit?” Chicago Roboto launched in 2017. 360|AnDev in 2016. Not unexpectedly, new events struggle to get their footing. 360|iDev has had profitable years but had a super horrible one in 2017. One Horrific Year In fact, 2017 was seriously the worst year of my life. It was horrible. My closing keynote for 360|iDev 2018 touches on it some, I might release it. Last year I got teary on stage thinking “This might be the last time I see these people.” This…

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Two Months on ALL THE PLATFORMS

I was looking at old posts and remembered that I’d posted a “one month in” update on leaving KDP Select (Kindle Unlimited). Now it’s two months, so why not another update? First of all, the biggest challenge of being on all the eBook stores… Tracking. There aren’t very many great ways to track sales without going to each site to see the data. I’m hoping one day Book Report adds the other stores. Of course, Kindle is still the king. Recent developments (Amazon finally cracking down on scammers)¬†have made me second guess going wide, but I still think it’s the best approach. I hope it’s a sacrificing short-term (KU page reads going into my bank account) thing for long-term (more people on more platforms, plus really Amazon needs some competition!)…

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