This is a Review & Reflection post where I take a look at what I got done over the past month. I want life to be a balance of creating an online business while enjoying the good things with family and friends.
This is what I am striving for. I hope that this post will help to inspire others who are looking for the same thing too.
Highlights of January 2015
- I watched Into the Woods – very good
- I took part in a fun Public Speaking Workshop
- I attend two post-Christmas parties at work
- I finally purchased Kindling by Geoff Shaw
Results of The Goals I Set for January
- I Will Write a Short Fiction Story – YES
- I Will Do Some List Building Activities – YES
My Income Report for January
This is how I did for January 2015.
The PLR Boutique = $10 Last month = $85
Other People’s PLR & Products =$125.95 = Last month = $257.49
Amazon Affiliate Programme = $20 Last month =$124.95
Amazon Kindle Book Sales = $17 Last month = $8
Total Earnings for January 2015 = $172.95
Last month = $475.44
There was a significant drop in earnings for the month of January. And with good reason. I spent the majority of this month reflecting on how I want the rest of this year to turn out and what I really want to work on.
I didn’t produce any more content for my own PLR site and I didn’t send out as many emails to my PLR subscribers. With the changes in the European Tax laws, I am not sure if it would be financially viable to continue unless I know that I am going to go all in.
Amazon has slowed down significantly. One reason is that many of my Hubpages are being deleted due to having too many product links. I am not wasting my time fixing these so the little income these generated will decrease month by month. Oh well
It is nice to see that my Amazon Kindle book earnings went up. I didn’t do anything to cause this so this is real passive income, something that I will be concentrating on much more
Things I Will Do in February 2015
#1 – I Will Write a Short Fiction Novella
A few weeks ago I purchased Kindling by Geoff Shaw. I have decided to concentrate on fiction writing. Last month I was able to get my act together and publish a collection of short stories. ( I will be doing a freebie promotion next week – more on that in my next post).
This month I will aim to write a short story of around 20,000 words. I have set myself an attainable target of around 1,000 words a day, which means, if my maths is correct, the first draft should be complete on 20th Feb. Oh I could so be an accountant with these adding skills
I have already started it so just need to get out of my own way so that I can get the whole thing written and published. I have been getting some great tips from Geoff’s Kindling course as well as the inspirational posts from people in the Facebook group.
#2 – I Will Publish a Short Fiction Novella
Once the book has been written, I need to get it edited, proof-read and a book cover produced. I will re-read it myself, then hand it to my sister to proof-read. Then I will get a book cover from Fiverr.com.
I am very excited about all of this. I just hope that I can find an audience for my writing.
#3 – I Will Set Up a New Mailing List for My Fiction Books
Building up a mailing list is one of the most important things for any type of online business. This is the same for writers who want to stay connected with their readers. I will set up a new list and add a link to the front of my kindle books.
#4 – I Will Set Up a New Author Website
As well as a mailing list, it is also a good idea to have a dedicated website to talk about new books. I would have used this blog but as I write about how I am aiming to make money online, this would send out a confusing and mixed message to people who are purely interested in the books. So I will invest in a new website.
This will be great for SEO purposes as well promotion.
So for me, 2015 is going to be the year of fiction writing. The plan is to write a new book each month and to build up a cool subscriber list. After checking out the stories from the Kindling group, I have discovered that it is 100% possible to create a full time income from fiction writing. I look forward to sharing my progress with you here
Have Your Say: How did you do in January? Did you hit your targets? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section down below.