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Good year so far

I need to start writing in here more often. It’s interesting being able to go back and read what was happening/what my plans and priorities were years ago and see how much I’ve achieved or still need to do.

It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of September. We only have 3 months left of the year! Where has the time gone?

I’ve had a pretty busy year this year. I’ve been getting a lot of CRT work, both day-to-day and 2-4 week blocks. 90% of it has been at the one school, so I’m feeling pretty comfortable there. I know a lot of the kids, I know most of the teachers in the English/Hums department, and I know how things work there. It makes me feel more connected than I do at other schools where I’m just a stranger.

This has been a good year so far on the publishing front. The book I published back in January is continuing to sell. It’s started to slow down the past month or two, but it’s still making me over $1000 AUD a month, which has been a LONG TIME GOAL. Smashed it this year! Although next month probably won’t hit it unless I get off my backside and publish something new.

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I’ve sold 5428 books so far this year, which is still leaving me pinching myself. Converted to AUD, I’ve made about $14k from all the Amazon stores combined.

The extra income the books have given me has been a huge boost to me financially. With the more consistent teaching days, it’s allowed me to pay off most of my debts and actually start to save which feels amaaaazing. For the past few years, one of my goals has been to have $10,000 in the bank by the end of the year.

This is the first year since 2013 where that will actually happen (or at least get within spitting distance!).

While I’ve been meeting my sales goals big time this year, I haven’t come close to meeting my writing/publishing goals. I wanted to publish 6 books this year. I haven’t even finished one.

Teaching really does suck out all of the energy from me. I get home from work between 4 – 4:30pm most afternoons, so you’d think that would be enough time to get some serious words in, but I don’t. I find myself sitting staring at the screen and nothing much going on. Some rare nights I manage to get some good word counts out, but they’re few and far between. The days off I have been better, but still not perfect. I get side-tracked by all the chores that need doing, friends on maternity leave who want to go for big long rambly walks to get out of the house, thinking I still have a few hours free and procrastinating.

Procrastinating has always been a huge problem for me. Getting started is where I fall down. Once I start, the words flow. I need to get a handle on that.

Having said that, it’s school holidays now (and for the next two weeks), and I am aiming to get this re-write finished and published. It’s one of my older books for a pen name. I took both her books down from sale earlier in the year. They weren’t selling much at all and had a lot of flaws. I’m doing a complete re-write because I think at its core the story is a good one, it’s just the execution left a little to be desired… so I will publish Edition 2 and fingers crossed, sell a few copies…

I also need to finish writing the sequels to the book that’s actually selling well. I’m planning on having them both finished and publish them not too far apart to capitalise on people wanting the next book straight away and not forgetting about me!

The ‘success’ of the book this year has shown me I can actually do this. With more books and better dedication (time), I could turn this into my full-time job.

It’s been a long-term goal of mine, and it feels like it’s within reach. I am going to keep teaching in Term 4, but I don’t want to go back next year.

I have made a promise with myself. If I can write and publish 4 books before the end of January (so, 1 a month… eep), then I don’t have to go back to CRTing next year! At the very most, go back but only 2 days a week (that would bring me in $560/week, which would be more than enough to cover my expenses and not stress too much if I have a bad publishing month).

So far I have written 21,172 words this month. The goal I set myself at the start of the month was at least 30,000 words, so I’m pretty sure I’ll get there!

I’ll check in again at the end of the month.

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