Archive for May 2016

#IWSG One Step at a Time

IWSG badgeIt’s the first Wednesday, and that means I am posting for IWSG.

Couple of things going on…

First I want to report that I received my first payment from my release of Daygar Legacy. It was $10. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but to me, it is a fantastic amount.

From 2012, when I first starting publishing, to 2014, Amazon sent me $7. In 6 months, I had earned more than I had in my first two years. We all want the big win, but not only is it important to celebrate the small successes, it’s important to celebrate when we improve.

With what is going on in my life, I have taken a break from writing. I am putting a hold on my fiction, my help books, and my literary terms articles. I will still be doing Worldbuilding articles, but I may cut back on those, unfortunately.

My focus right now is teaching Online Courses. I’ve mentioned this before, but I am now starting to design my course. Prior to that, I was taking an Online Course on how to teach an Online Course. Big thanks to Phil Ebiner, who is a fantastic instructor.

I want to write. It was what I was born to do. I will come back to it, hopefully soon. But after releasing Daygar Legacy and having a professional cover design and a professional editor, I do not want to release another book without both.

Which means I need money. I actually need a lot of money. Not just to release books, but to live on, and to be able to treat myself medically. With writing, I’m in it for the long haul. However, I am realistic and I know that I may never make it as a writer. I can be hopeful and put in the time, but I know how fierce the competition can be.

Plus, I like teaching. I have mentored a few writers and I enjoy the experience of helping them take their writing to the next level. Now I’m going to do that, and charge money for it. If I already had the money in place, I’d likely not charge money, but got to make a living.

I’ve begun doing work with Udemy for my first course. Primarily it will be how to use software similiar to Wikipedia to use notes. You can see a test I did with my equipment here.

https://www.udemy.com/draft/809768/test-video/

I am aware of the low audio levels, so I am working to correct that.

Another announcement is that I am getting into the Editing Business. I am opening up shop for Editing for writers. I don’t expect a lot of customers from this, but a few here and there can help me with living expenses.

There is a lot of great editors out there. Many offer Line Editing for a low tier option and things like Content Editing is more expensive. I however, offer Content Editing as my first tier, with Line Editing as a second tier.

I think I was born to do Content Editing in all honesty. With the work I do with Worldbuilding and Literary Terms on my site, I am very good at picking apart a story and find areas of improvement for a writer. You should see me in action when I’m watching a cartoon.

So I will be doing Content Editing, and I will be assisted by dSavannah George, who will be doing the Line Editing. I suck when it comes to grammar, though I’d argue that I’m better than most. She, however, is great at it.

While I am not writing as we speak, I am still focused on my career. I strongly feel this is the right course of action.

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