I’m working on a project right now. A big experiment.
I have this theory that writing short pieces — fiction and non-fiction — and publishing them on Amazon could lead to a decent income stream. My goal is to make $100 a month within 90 days and $1000 a month within a year.
Maybe I’ll do more. Maybe it’ll fail completely. I honestly have no idea. This isn’t the time for me to think about that. Because I have no control, really, over the results.
My experiment might fail spectacularly. …
You’ve written a thing. Maybe it’s something short — a story or a blog post. Maybe it’s longer — a book. But you’ve written it. You’re proud of it. You think maybe, maybe, it’s worth something.
Worth reading. Worth publishing. Worth putting out into the world.
Now what, though?
One of the first things you need to do, when you’re a new writer and you’ve written the thing, is to find a reader. One reader that we call a beta reader.
According to Wikipedia, a beta reader is “ a test reader of an unreleased work of literature or other writing, who gives feedback from the point of view of an average reader to the author. A beta reader is not a professional and can therefore provide advice and comments in the opinions of an average reader.” …
In late 2015, I was miserable. Really miserable. I hated my job. Writing wasn’t working out the way I wanted it to. Overall, I just didn’t like the way my life was happening in that moment in time.
I decided that my best bet for being able to quit my job was to write another novel. I’d had two traditionally published at that point, so I thought I had a fair expectation of being able to sell my new book.
I needed something faster than that, though. So I started blogging about my process. It wasn’t about how I was writing my book, though. …