That time I broke down and told you the truth…
I just finished reading Felicia Day’s fantastic memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) today. It was weirdly inspirational and got me thinking even more about what’s next for me, creatively speaking. July marks my five-year authorversary. I started Reap ‘Em & Weep (which became Reap & Repent) July 15, 2011.
Here was the inaugural post where I espouse all the vainglorious reasons for beginning this journey. July 2016 will mark the release of my seventh book, Shifted In Seattle. It’s a sexy, Sasquatch shifter story. Weirdly wonderful, I think. Are sexy Sasquatch stories what’s selling now? Probably not. But now it’s a thing, nonetheless. Because I made it. Myself.
I’m not going to lie, creating a story for public consumption from my own brain is very satisfying. Selling books is very satisfying. Getting reviews from strangers saying they enjoy those stories is even more satisfying. But at some point, I have begun to wonder if it’s all worth it.
Writing takes time. A lot of it. And for very little return, financially or otherwise.
Would any of my other past hobbies: scrapbooking, beekeeping, homesteading, raising chickens, adventure racing, walking/Fitbiting, reading et al have produced a substantial income? Not likely. In fact, most of those things only cost money and never have a financial return.
A rough estimate shows that after five years of publishing (in all its various incarnations), I’m basically at the break even point, Somewhere around $10K out vs somewhere around $10k in.
Five years. Seven books.
Maybe it’s time to move on to the next big thing.
That said, I have 6K written on a fourth reaper book, REAP & RECKON and a kernel of an idea for a third Cosmic Cowboys Episode, The Magnate’s Moon.
I just don’t know if I have the heart left to finish them.
Some days, I’m one click away from dismantling the entire endeavor.
But I won’t. It took too much work to build it all.
In the meantime, you can check back here, sign up for my newsletter for the release of Shifted In Seattle, and follow me on social media to see WHAT’S NEXT.
It will be a surprise.
For both of us.