Too many options. Time to focus. I need to concentrate on what’s important, which of course has always been the writing. But there is other things floating around the whole writing thing. There’s the reading, and the marketing, and the networking, and a bunch of other stupid distractions like FaceBook and surfing stupid sites, that have nothing to do with my life, but only serve as distractions. I need to be more focused. Continue reading
Ahh, so it looks like this will be another complete month of writing morning journals for me. That’s getting to me not such a big deal anymore. What I really want, is to have a story out there though. I’ve been reading a number of interesting posts on the Kindling FaceBook page about some huge success stories people have been having with their books, by promoting them through FaceBook ads. The last one, was about someone getting to over $10K per month within 5 months. That’s pretty impressive. FaceBook ads do seem to be pretty well targeted things, and books are a perfect fit for books. Not everything is good for advertising on FaceBook, but I think that books definitely are. People want to have fun on facebook, and anything to do with entertainment, is definitely a good fit. What I really need though, is to have some stories out there. I really want to have a product on the market that I can market. It will be nice to have something that I make some decent commissions on, instead of just pennies per click. Being able to sell a series of books at like $10 commission for the whole 5+ books in a series wold be a nice change. So, another question, that is coming up. Now that Jennifer has moved back home, it’s time to fix this families eating problems. Jennifer did mention, that she wanted to do a whole30 for the month of May. I would be up for that, given that my weight loss plans seem to be stalling again. It’s like I get to these plateaus of 175 or 170, and then I get stuck there. Right now, I seem to be stuck at 170ish. Maybe, I need to do a bit more of that intermittent fasting where you only do like 600 calories on certain days. I could just eat my eggs and bacon breakfast those days, and see what happens. I think I’ll do that today. In theory, that should be about a pound a week. As long, as I don’t go crazy on the regular feed days. Of course before when I tried it, I went for the 0 calories per day twice per week and that made me just a little bit nuts. So, do it instead, the way the program suggested instead, and stick to 600 calories on your fast days. You can do that no problem. Lately, I have been eating too much fruit and not working out since I’ve been laying off squash. I think, that’s why I’m stalling. I really really really want to get down to 155. That would be pretty incredible for me. So, starting today, I will go for two days per week with only 600 calories. That shouldn’t be too hard. By the end of May, I should be down to 165, no problem. Then it’s only two more months, and I hit my 155 number. Maybe sooner, if I can get a little more activity back into my routine. Although, I know I’m going to be a while still healing from these squash injuries. Which kind of sucks. Walking a lot is just not the same thing. Although, I will be doing a bunch of walking up at the boat this year. One or two walks everyday down the beach will be good for me. I need to drag Jessica out into doing those as well. They would be good for her as well. And, get herf to eat a bit better wouldn’t be such a bad thing as well. So, let’s get going and kick this thing into high gear. Get down to 155. I can do that. And, get this damn book out there so you can get started on the next one. That would really make my day. Get a cover done. Get the editing done. Get everything done, and start plotting the next one. It’s got to go faster then this one. Having three full length novels out there, and getting the word out about them, will get some cash flow going, and start to move things in the right direction again. That one guy did over 200K in his first year. My next 12 months could be like that, and things could be so different for me. Freedom, travel, toys, boats, and what have you. Not to mention creative expression on a scale beyond expectation. Then, the next plan, will be to get Dave and Mark (and maybe Tim) into the mix. That would be totally cool.
TIGERBLOOD: yep DAILYMOOD: good LOCATION: living room WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: 3:30 wall sit TODO: editing TV: californication, mad men, game of thrones BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 171 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: pulled pork SNACKS: orange, grapes (too many) ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 11:30 AWAKE: 7:00
It’s monday morning, and only 3 days left in April. Time to get into gear. I should have some new big goal set at the beginning of each month. Like, I should have this book published, and the next book published, before the end of May (next month). That would be pretty cool to actually publish two books in one month. Even though the first one has taken me forever to write, it’s pretty close to getting there, and if I could just finish it of, and get back to doing my 5K per day writing thing, then I could get the next one started. That would be pretty cool. It’s pretty ambitious, but also pretty cool. Something to think about. It would be a great way to kick off your summer. Then, by the time the second one is out there, you’d be working on the third. I could have a 5 book series up on amazon, by the time the girls go back to school. That would have to be making some money at least. Especially, if they were coming out that quickly, and you started doing FaceBook ads the way some of the kindling readers are doing them. I should, start looking for facebook ads out there. See if I can see what other writers are doing. I’m sure it wouldn’t be that hard to find. Go to a few zombie pages, and see what’s going on. There is the one group that I follow. They may even be willing to take ads on their page directly. It seemed like a pretty big page. Although, you’ll have to give some thought, as to what type of page, your reader likely hangs out at. It would take lots of testing for sure. Could be the zombie page, or it could be other authors pages. You may have to buy that scraper software, the picks up UIDs from each page. I wonder, how hard that would be to write. That could be something interesting you could do your self. Even if you did it manually. It’s probably, not that hard really. You’ve written scraper stuff before. I’m sure, you could do it again. A little PHP coding project, could be an interesting change of pace. Although, those ones are desktop applications that have been recommended. I could likely, make one and sell it to others, as a service. Maybe, offer it free to kindling members, and see if the word gets out there for other people to use it. That might be another income stream as a service for authors. Not a bad idea, as long as your not spreading yourself too thin with this stuff. Even if you could get it to be making 1000 bucks per month, that would be alright. Of course, if you could get your books to be making 10K per month, then why would I even bother about something like that. Yesterday, was a bit of a tiring day. I was supposed to sleep in till 8 or 8:30, but Sam woke me up, to take her to work a few hours earlier. Not cool. I was pretty bagged for the rest of the day. That girl really needs to get her license. I certainly hope she gets it the next time. I would really like to be relieved from all this driving around stuff. It’s getting old fast. It would be nice, not to be driving all around the city with this swimming crap. Even though, I no longer have to do early mornings, I’m still looking forward to getting out of that business entirely. No more swimming for me. Thank you very much. I sure, hope, it doesn’t screw me up in terms of going to work from the boat this summer. But, I suspect, it will mess me up for a few weeks beyond school ending. Unless, we just leave a car at home and I manage without a car at the boat for the first few weeks of june. That could be an inconvenience, but it would be better, then losing time at the boat I suppose. I really need, to find some more interesting things to write about with my morning journals these days. It’s becoming a bit of a struggle to keep these things up. Although, it looks like if I can just get through the next few sentences, then I will hit my total for at least another day, and be able to stop writing till tomorrow.
TIGERBLOOD: not really, too tired DAILYMOOD: tired LOCATION: living room WORDSWRITTEN: none PUSHUPS: none TODO: editing TV: sons of anarchy, wolves of Chernobyl documentary BOOK: none GAME: Mickey Mouse Illusion Castle EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 171 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: roast pork SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 10:15 & 1:30 AWAKE: 6:30