Something’s bound to go wrong pretty soon. It always happens that way. Yesterday was the first day of NaNoWriMo and I finished up with 5002 words. This morning, I got the notice of my first quarterly payment from Smashwords–$44.90.
I don’t expect to match yesterday’s word count again. It was a hard slog at the end, though overall, it was easier than reaching the same count last year. It’s not the words that are a problem, it’s the hands and the mental fatigue. But who knows? Maybe I can do it again.
I don’t have any anxiety over reaching 50,000 words. That’s practically a walk in the park by now. The only reason I’m even paying attention to word count is that I’d like to finish the novel before the end of the month. I expect it to run anywhere from 75,000 to 85,000 words, so there’s a good deal of work ahead of me.
My first money from writing and publishing isn’t awesome, except as validation of my efforts. There’s still money in the account, but it came in after the quarter. It’s a seed that I hope will continue to grow. And that first payment doesn’t even represent the reality. I’ve actually earned close to $80.00, but $20.00 of that paid for two ISBNs. Looking at the common statement that most self-published writers never earn more than $100.00, my first few months of being self-published are very encouraging. Yes, sales have slowed to a trickle, but there are still have promotional things I haven’t done, and there are more books in the pipeline.
So, for the moment, it’s all good.