Income & Expenses: April!

The words Income & Expenses in a green text box over the quote "She believed she could so she did"

I’m back! I thought maybe I could make this a weekly post, but yeah, it’s better this way. At least until some things start to happen. Like sales. Sales would be good, but so would publishing! I have a couple things in the pipeline I talk about in my regular posts, one that I hope to have up for sale this week if everything works out okay.

So, on to the money.

Spends

Well, I spent a few dollars this month. One thing was frivolous – a case for the Chromebook I purchased in March. I mean, it’s not essentially frivolous. The thing needs protection, I need a way to cart it around. But I could have put it off. But I didn’t!

The second thing I spent money on was necessary, and I got a good deal on it. I needed stock photography as I’m doing my own covers for the time being. And while I would, of course, love to be able to pick out only the images I need when I need them, you can’t do that with the package I chose. Luckily, I dabble a little bit in graphic design and desktop publishing in my office job. Having a large bank of photographs to pick and choose from when starting a project is as good as having exactly what you think you need. Lots of times, what you don’t have gives you a better project in the end.

The third thing I purchased was education related. There was a Story Bundle on sale with a couple books in it by authors I know and respect, so I picked that up. As a bonus for buying at a certain level, I also received some seminars that I always get a lot of value from. So I’m looking forward to learning from that.

Chromebook Case – $13
Bigstock – $50
StoryBundle – $20

Monies

Oh dear. Um, I didn’t get any books up for sale in April, so there wasn’t even a chance of new income. I did do some other pseudo marketing things, like use my Bullet Journal to build an Instagram following (91, so far). I love my #bujo, so it’s a passion as much as writing is. Once I have covers to add, I’ll pop those up with my #bujo layouts and quotes. The thought is, more eyes can’t hurt, even if they’d rather be looking at weekly layouts or hand lettered quotes.

Income – $0

Sums Up

Well, I spent a bit more than I earned, but with a $13 exception, I think the things I spent money on were sound. The stock images, while sometimes just things I think are pretty, will come in handy at some point, I know it. I enjoy playing with images too much. And the books from the StoryBundle, I’m going to read them all.

So I’m a little bit in the hole, but I’m up attitude and Instagram followers. 🙂

See you next month!

Evening has come

328 fiction words, 575 total words, .5 hours on publication

Well, then! Weekends are fun, but apparently, I haven’t done a great job of wrangling my tool out of the hands of my adorable children. That’s okay. They had fun, I got things done.

Yesterday is what I’m here for.

Even though I didn’t write a lot of words (328 fiction words, 575 total words, .5 hours on publication), they felt really, really good. I like where this new story is going, though I don’t have any particular title in mind or even a target for where I’m going. Currently, I have one grumpy adult male, one perky, lonely 8-year-old girl, one out of place butler, and one very perky elementary school principal. The girl causes trouble, the butler is trouble, the principal is trying to prevent trouble, and the grump…well, I’m not sure about him. He’d rather be left alone, I think.

Well, anyway. I like it. I’m going back for more tonight.

Yesterday I also tried to get the ebooks for Space Cats all set up so when I get the print proof and approve it, things can go up for sale relatively at the same time. It worked well with Amazon, not so well with Smashwords. It didn’t take long, so I’ll just do that once I have the print copy ready to go.

Today I didn’t have any particular publishing goal in mind, but I need to work on getting 002 checked, and A Brief History ready for publication, too. And I wanted to have all three books up by the 15th so I could start concentrating on 004 and get it done by the end of the month. Still a possible goal, since I’m only seven days in. I just need to focus.

That’s what the rest of tonight is for, since I’m all caught up with regular chores.

Wish me luck!