I seem to write a lot about my future. I have plans. I am going places. Well… Not physically going places, but my career is.
My plan is to become a full-time author and I do have a plan.
The plan is simple on paper.
I could almost explain it in steps.
Write a novel. Status: Done.
Write a second novel. Status: Done.
Okay. I’ll stop being funny and I’ll be serious.
The real plan, simply put, is to write and publish enough novels to earn a living from the sale of the books. I plan on publishing my books on Amazon as an indie publisher.
To break it down, it means that in order to generate enough sales is to write and publish a book every two to three months.
That is a tall order. Most people write a single book a year and I must write between 6 to 10 books each year.
To do that I am lowering down the length that I call a book. Most people consider a book 75k words and up. Just look at one of Sanderson’s bricks.
I disagree. I am of opinion that a book is 50k words or higher. And as an indie, I have little choice in the matter.
The reason is that the way Amazon works is that you need to keep a presence up on the new releases. You must keep a title there for as long as possible. Or you won’t get any traction and your books won’t sell. The constant release of titles is what will work.
So once I start getting to that level of production, I will be able to actually fulfill my goals. My goals are to make enough money to pay for my monthly expenses, plus I need to have enough money in the bank to be able to live for 6 to 12 months with no income.
Until that point, I am not able to go full time. I must keep my day job.
Are there more details in getting that goal? The answer is yes. And there are whole books written on the subject. I will get into that in later posts.
Until next time.