Saturday, April 2, 2011

A new focus

Wow, March was some month.  Some interesting things have happened that I would have loved to comment on before:

Amanda Hocking's 2 million dollar deal:  Good for her.  Far be it for me to disagree with all the naysayers out there, but after considering it, I think it was a genius stroke.  At the rate she writes, four books will soon represent a very small portion of her writing, and she'll benefit immensely from the attention that professional backing will get her.

The Greek Seaman:  What an idiot.  I am a cynical person who can't help wondering whether the whole thing was a stunt to draw attention to the book review blog; interesting, nevertheless.

I had a good month for sales--more than last month, and just this morning I got an email from Amazon notifying me about the impending deposit from January's sales.  Best twelve bucks EVER!  :)

I remember reading an old post of Aaron Niz's in which he referred to getting out of bed early every day, his head just buzzing with ideas, and that's how I feel now.  I've spent the last month trying to focus less on the day-to-day numbers (which is why I removed the counter from the blog) and more on production, with a really long view.  I have a great job right now, but the frequent travel is a ginormous pain in the ass, my family and I would love to stop moving around every two years.  Thus my goal is to keep working on my writing with an eye toward making a career switch down the road.  Obviously that could be a while--if I can do it in five years, that would be ideal, so that's what I'm aiming for. 

In March I made one percent of what I would need to make the switch.  Gotta start somewhere.