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.