I really feel like retirement is just around the corner. I can taste it, it’s so close. Just ten thousand or so more royalty checks per year at this scale and I’ll be living on an island somewhere off passive income. I’m being cheeky of course. I should appreciate any sales and I do. As inconsequential as this check is to my overall financial well-being, it felt good to receive this in the mail. Fortunately, my electronic fund transfers from Amazon are slightly larger and more frequent.
I’m told 90% of all books never return more than $1000 in their printed lifetime. My expectations are low. But I am serious when I tell people that this is a ten year plan. That I truly hope to be earning a low five figure income once I’m retired. The trick will be to establish a catalog of a half dozen or so books by then. Becoming a better writer will help too, and I expect repetition to provide those skills.
Toward that end, I’ll be attending my second writers’ workshop next weekend – the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference. It’s unfortunate timing as my undergrad alma mater Texas State will be in town to play my grad school CU. I hate to miss that game but this will be worth it. I learned tons last year. And that experience was perfect timing as I’d finished my first draft and the lessons learned aided me tremendously with my second draft.
I’m hoping for this year’s conference to kick-start me on my current draft. I started writing my sequel to Cyber War I in January but stalled out in May when I changed jobs. I think I can begin to make time for writing again if I just get motivated and focus. I need to stop drinking in the evenings like Hemingway and start writing like him. Looking forward to this workshop.