I feel like prey, sometimes.
I love to write!💕 For the longest time, I only shared my stories or poems with family and some friends. It’s only been in the last two years that I decided I’d try and share my stories with others outside my little circle. It’s a good thing that sharing is my primary goal or I’d quit. I wouldn’t stop writing but sharing. Because let me tell you, I’m not making any money. None.
It’s actually been quite expensive, and I sometimes feel like prey in a world full of predators.
There are plenty of people with fangs dripping fresh with blood ready to rip off another hopeful author. With some research, it’s possible to avoid most of them. But there are also so many classes, webinars, and “must know information” for sale out there, writing can be quite the money pit. And they are so expensive. It makes my head swirl! This isn’t to say that all these things are predatory. I’m sure a great deal of them are very, very good and well worth every dime. But it’s hard to know which ones are and you won’t know until you’ve shelled out the big bucks. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not Scrooge McDuck swimming in my money vault of gold coins.
I’m just starting out, and I know I have to build my brand. I’m going to have to spend some money before I ever make some. I have to pay for marketing. I have to pay for editing. (enter long list of other things I need to pay for) I need to learn about Search Engine Optimization and Meta Data and endless amounts of other types of info that I usually like to avoid.
I want to be smart with my money. And while I might have to dig and read a bunch of extra stuff I don’t want to know about, I’m finding useful information for free. My favorite place is Youtube. I love people like Joanna Penn from the Creative Penn, Jenna Moreci, Vivian Reis, and Tom Corson-Knowles to name a few. My subscription list keeps growing and that boring time spent on the treadmill is now very interesting and use for my brain as well as my body.
In the spirit of these wonderful Vlogs I love, I’m going to start sharing any and everything I find that works for me as well as what doesn’t. Hopefully, as I save (or waste) a buck or two, you’ll learn along with me.
So far, I’m not making any money. But I’m sharing my stories, and I love it. It would be nice to break even one day, or even make a little extra money. Anyway, I’m going to keep plugging along. I’d love tips from you too if you have any you’d like to share.