It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to everyone in the reading and writing community.
After so many years of trying to earn a living above the poverty line, I am finally putting my writing ambitions to bed.
This was a passion project for me, but because I wanted to give it the respect it deserved with professional production processes, it became a very expensive passion project.
This doesn’t mean that other authors can’t earn a living doing what they love. It just means I can’t.
When I took a step back and considered that I had earned an Arts degree, an Associate Degree of Creative Writing, and a Graduate Certificate in Publishing, it didn’t make any sense to continue to work 70 hours a week and continue to earn less than a sixteen-year-old MacDonald’s worker.
This is a madness that many writers suffer from.
I refuse to do it anymore.
And when I went out to look for a real job in a totally unrelated field, I was surprised I was received with open arms.
My skills were in demand. I was totally dumbfounded. Granted, the company I am working for is forward-thinking and progressive, but that is how it should be.
Me and my family have a future again.
I realized I was allowing myself and my talent to be exploited by the 0.99c-and-free-book thinking.
I was settling for pittances in return for all my hard work.
I now work 38 hours a week. I can pay my council rates now. I can afford to feed my family. I can even afford dental visits.
I realized writing had become an obsession, and I was asking my family to support that even though there was no return on investment. I made a loss of $5K last financial year.
Primarily, this occurred because I had become deluded that I was running a business, rather than feeding an obsession.
The digital landscape favors free books. That’s the main reason many authors can’t make a living.
As an example, I made one of my books free for 3 days, and I had 1700 downloads. Lol, I had no problem getting downloads when the damned book was free. I did not do any paid advertising for that free promotion. But I received no sales on the back of that free giveaway. People just want something for nothing, and they go from free book to free book.
And while the 20booksto50K formula may propel some authors into profit, I’ve seen many authors with 12-15 books who are still not earning anywhere near minimum wage after all expenses are paid. It means that writers are being taught that their talent isn’t worth anything.
And in actual fact, that is far from the truth.
And so, I am saying goodbye, and this is the reason.
The website will be taken down some time in December. I may publish a couple of books when I retire, but for now, all my writing projects have been placed on a permanent hold.