Grateful for the thoughtful comment, @SaintSovereign.
Here is the aforementioned Writing Plan. It is bulky, and this is after cutting out several dozen books and courses on plotting, character arcs, marketing, etc. This also appears to just be fiction. I have many ideas in my head for Non-Fiction books, but until I can reliably walk the walk, I’m not touching them.
The goal is to build up a Writing Business that has multiple streams of income. There is the Steemit model, where one can potentially earn cryptocurrency by their writing contributions to the platform. Then there is the Wattpad to Patreon model, or for that matter the Medium to Patreon model, which is releasing fiction on those platforms and driving people to support you on Patreon. And then there is the traditional method of releasing books on Amazon Kindle, and later going wide to other online book shops. I actually wrote that in order of likely least lucrative to most lucrative.
I don’t make any goals for sales, because I can’t control the market, nor do I know if I’m any good at story craft. However, I do know that I can’t consider making the jump to full time till I have the house paid off, I have at least a year of expenses in savings, and I am reliably making at least $10K a month between the writing and the music. I am aware that, in the current market for writers, this may never happen. Unfortunately my job provides 100% of the budget money for my family of five and also covers health insurance.
Start Writing UF Fiction daily, starting tonight (pre-written plots that can go up on Wattpad)
Start Reading UF Fiction, daily, starting tonight
Research Genres with K-Lytics Reports on Urban Fantasy (2018), and SciFi/Fantasy
Purchase 2019 K-Lytics Report on SciFi Fantasy and review (80 pages and 1 hr of video)
Take Mike Nielsen’s Short Fiction Mastery (30 Day drip-fed course)
Go through Nick Stephenson’s 1st 10k Readers - for structuring the business right, at the beginning, before I go too far down the wrong path.
Hang out at 20Books50K FB Page - networking with other authors, who are also potential readers and influencers
Story Engines review - start plotting full novel.
Study Steemit as a platform for Fiction:
Read/watch vids on releasing fiction on Medium (rob howard)
Read/ watch vids on the Wattpad to Patreon model (rob howard)
- Also read The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad
If I can use the same content, I will post on Steemit, Medium and Wattpad, linking to Patreon. If I cannot use the same content everywhere, then I am choosing Wattpad to Patreon model.
- This serves the purpose of improving my writing and building a following prior to the launch of my first novel. Patreon provides a way to make some monthly income from writing. Much depends on the ability to convert readers into buyers from Wattpad/Medium and Steemit.
Read AMS Ads book
Read Help My Facebook Ads Suck
Mark Dawson Courses (These can be dripfed while I am writing the novel and continuing to release short stories)
Watch Mark Dawson’s FB Ads for Authors
Watch Dawson’s YouTube Ads for Authors
Watch Dawson’s AMS Ads for Authors
Watch Dawson’s Ads For Authors
Watch Dawson’s Bookbub Ads for Authors
Watch Dawson’s Simpler, Better Ads for Authors
Watch Dawson’s Ads Design for Authors
Watch Dawson’s Instagram Ads for Authors
Newsletter set up on Aweber
Set up Author Website
Set up various platforms based on what resonates from the Mark Dawson courses
Run the completed novel through Story Grid
Pro Editing - find and hire an editor for the book.
- Run the book through Grammarly and Autocrit before the editor gets it.
Pro Cover - Hire a cover artist
*Publish Novel into Kindle Unlimited
Use the Freebie Sites from KDROI (Wesley)
Start Using Amazon ads
Decide whether to use FB Ads
Start writing 2nd novel.
Continue short stories, one a week for Medium/Wattpad/Steemit
*There are considerable advantages to waiting till one has three novels ready to go before publishing any of them. Readers will be more invested if they see that you write and release frequently. The problem for me is that I’m concerned it will take me a year to write three novels, and I’ll be no further ahead, a year from now.