As I watched sales trickle in during Launch Week for A Writer’s Bucket List, I felt like I was livin’ The Dream — I made enough that week to pay rent for three months (my rent is really low, not a huge brag). What a rush it was to create something purely of my imagination and reap rewards large enough to live on, rather than scrape together client work and add on hours to make extra money!
Yet, I realized something as I counted sales and fantasized about telling my clients to shove their work up — y’know. I don’t want to use my book money to pay rent. Or buy groceries. Or pay bills. I wanna buy something nice for myself.
I wanna buy myself a business.
Bucket List is written. While a lot of promotional work still lies ahead, book sales are largely passive income now, meaning I don’t have to trade my time for that money. That means I can continue to put time into client work to pay rent and bills — and make extra money from the book sales.
I could use that extra book money to pay for a lot of things.
There’s a growing hole over the left-pinky toe of my favorite pair of shoes. My hair needs to be cut. I’d like to fly to the Midwest next month and rent a car, rather than drive three days across the Great Plains. We scavenge to pay rent, the cell phone bill, internet, and car insurance every month; paying those a few months ahead would lift a lot of weight from our shoulders.
But then that money would be gone, and I’d be back to begging for client work after few months, in the same place I started.
Instead, Stefan and I can continue to work our magic, trade our fabulous time for un-fabulous money that covers living expenses, and I can finally make the investments necessary to start executing my bigger vision for DIY Writing.
I feel selfish hanging onto the book money in its own special pot, when it could be released into our shared account to cover other expenses. It’s all a gamble, waiting to see whether it pays off or not. Maybe I’m just a silly dreamer, investing in a business that will never pay me back.
But at least now I’ve got a place to start. I can finally take a step forward and find out if I’ve got what it takes to succeed and grow.
Time for a big leap for DIY Writing.
I won’t divulge all the details too soon, but DIY Writing is getting ready to move. We’ve finally outgrown this WordPress-hosted site with my vanity domain, and I’m ready to take the reins at a self-hosted site with a more custom theme and design, a business with a more ambitious mission for writers, and a blog with an editorial plan that accommodates the growing community focus of the brand.
What does that mean for you?
The best place to stay connected and up-to-date while we’re in transition will be through our email list. The blog will be going on hiatus in a few weeks, but I’ll keep sharing resources and articles for free via email. That’s also where you’ll be the first to learn about the new opportunities for DIY Writers, and to know when we’re back up and running in our new home.
Here are a few things to look forward to in the coming weeks:
- April 15 is the Kindle launch of A Writer’s Bucket List! You’ll still be able to download the PDF edition of the book free, but if you want something easier to read on the Kindle (and a lot of readers have said they do), you can buy that at Amazon. Plus, we’ll have some fun for Launch Week, including a stellar bonus package for everyone who buys the Kindle book between April 15-19!
- A Writer’s Bucket List Action Team on Facebook is in full swing starting this week. I decided to wait until we reached 50 members to start our weekly activities, and it came way faster than I expected! The group is growing quickly, and I’m excited to work with all of you to take real action toward knocking items off those Bucket Lists.
- Our monthly #DIYwriteCHAT will continue as scheduled. The next one is Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET. Even if you can’t make it, you can join the conversation! Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter for the #DIYwriteCHAT hashtag to answer questions daily and see what other DIY Writers are saying.
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PS – Yeah, we went out to a sorta-nice dinner after Launch Week. You can treat yourself a little with a big pay-day :) Just don’t go crazy. Save it up, and invest in a bigger future for your dream.
What do you do when your writing or business gives you an extra nice pay-day?
Photo in the featured image by Greg Westfall (Creative Commons)