I’ve been in so many author chat forums, and I hear a lot of them say “My monthly sales is 100-500 books a month.” At first you’re shocked, wow, what’s his secret to getting all that cash. But then you click on the link to their book, sitting at 31 reviews, but ranked 1,336,225. Let that sink in.
I think authors are very fragile people when it comes to being honest with the amount of sales we make a month. It’s not to say, people don’t have those type of sales, but that’s very much not the case with 89% of the market I will tell you that. Honesty is something you won’t find an author admit to, when you ask him point blank “How much have you sold”
I think we’re stuck in this stigma, if you’re not making a living off your books, then what you’re doing is pointless. You’re just wasting time. If you’re not making bank, then you should be utterly ashamed being a writer.
But the true fact, is that we live in different times. The writer isn’t the rock star it used to be. People would go weak in the knees when they met an author in the golden ages, today you can shout in a crowded room with your book in hand and say “I’m JESSE ABUNDIS (or whatever your name be) and I wrote this book!” People would tell you to fuck off. Not that I’ve tried. As writers we’ll get lucky if we can cut in front the Chuck E Cheese line.
I think fondly back to Harold Ramis, late great film writer and actor best known for his GhostBuster role as Egon. When he was talking about being a writer on Stripes, that when they pulled to the red carpet in a limo for the premiere, and the usher who opened their door said “It’s no one, just the writers.” So they took them to the back entrance. Harold said the next words with so much conviction, a feeling I knew deep inside was true. “Writers don’t get the love.” That’s just how things are, and that was back in the 80’s. Today that is more sounded with the changing world.
My sales aren’t booming. At times I make a sale a month, best moments are when I hit 8. I don’t have my own fan club, I haven’t been on any radio shows, or did book signings. But I’m still writing. I love writing, I love promoting. Coming from the old school Indie Authors, I was around when back then we we’re promoting on writing sites, grabbed Stars not bucks. I was there fighting with agents and editors who said we had no right to be called authors. When Indie finally had a platform to sell, my main thing was, if someone is reading my book, I’ve won. How many people can do what I’m doing and keep at it for years.
My name Jesse Abundis, is my brand name, I am promoting my ideas, a story that I built out of nothing, and made someone enjoy it for a bit. If they hated it they’ll let know I’m sure. Writing isn’t a hobby, to me it’s my passion and life. But neither am I going to quit my day job, in this economy we live in you’re a straight up fool to do that. You have to see reality of things as they are, the book market is always an up or down month. You need to find a place, to be that artist that speaks out, be the man you need to live your life, and carry a steady job.
I think when or if you are going to be an Indie Author, you have to come into this field and know where your heart really is. Are you here just to get an ego boost, are you mainly here just for the fame aspect of it all, the cash that you think you can score easily? Or are you really here to write, because if you’re here to write story after story, you’re going to enjoy the freaking ride. If you’re here for anything else, you’re going to give up within a month, Another thing that’s plagued the market in a bad way.
True authors keep writing, even when people say writing is dead, we don’t give two cents of the annalist, we keep fucking writing because it’s in our souls and we keep going till that book no one would read, finds a home in that heart of that one reader. That’s my life as an indie author.
I can’t believe it. Nine years on WordPress, what a freaking ride it’s been. When I started this blog, I didn’t even think I would be writing for this long. Hell, when I started this blog my first novel was still light-years away.
I’m smitten that people take the time to read it, and continue to visit. I don’t plan to stop writing, neither do I plan to stop saying what is rattling inside my head. Being books, politics, a new project, or something to make you laugh. Let’s enjoy another nine more years.
Tax Forgiveness Act, backed by Obama, Hillary, Democrats who are bought by corporations and Republicans. Oh don’t worry, if you common folk don’t pay taxes or cheat you still get thrown to prison. This new bill is for corporations who are holding money overseas so they don’t have to pay taxes back in the US. And it’s a bill that hasn’t been talk or covered by mainstream media, shocking right!?
Companies hold 2.1 Trillon in cash in off shore banks (Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Citigroup, Amgen, Qualcomm, JPMorgan Chase, Gilead Sciences, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America.) And today are demanding they pay less to nothing on the back taxes they owe, and without making a promise to help the US economy.
For every 562 Billion they owe 162 Billion, but under the new act being pushed by all parties, they would only pay 97 Billion, saving the many companies holding trillion over seas a mouth dropping 400 Billion.
Picture that will you, these are the same people who say, there is no money for healthcare, for free college, to help the poor and dying. But yet each one holds 2.1 Trillion overseas.
And what’s the scare tactic they use. If you don’t give into our demands, we’ll give up our citizenship and move to another country. This is what America has become, a land not for the people, but for the corporations. And these are the same people who are invested in President Obama, and like a good investment he’s paying off. So who’s the next investment Hillary Clinton, Trump, Cruz, Rubio.
Not Bernie Sanders, he’s the last person they want in power.
If this bill passes, we are looking at another year of debt, and fall of the 99%. These corporations will continue to do what they want, because no one shines the light on the truth. Instead they use the “Mexicans are to blame” card. Wake up people, start talking, start demanding change.
Because you know where US Government is using their money to fund wars, and the losts these companies refuse to pay? Out of your taxes, your retirement plan, kinda the reason when the youth reaches 64, we won’t see a dime of it. Tell me if you think that’s fair?
Companies used to pay 32.2% in taxes in 1952, today they pay 10% and have massive loop holes to keep them from paying on the spot. That’s the country we live in, are you ready for change yet?
Here’s a quick tip to beat writers block. Step away from your computer, stop trying to force a bad idea that you hope will look good after you’re too tired to think. It doesn’t work that way.
Just standing in front of your laptop won’t make an idea come to you, you need to be thinking about that story for days, weeks, months, hell even years about it. Magically sitting at a Starbucks won’t make the artist come out of you.
Writers Block is just a make believe story, it’s just the mind saying I don’t feel this, I don’t think this is us. It’s not a curse. The moment you feel you got nothing, step back, walk around, think about it, and you will see the picture clearer. And you know what, you didn’t have to pay anyone or do some magic voodoo to figure that out.
When I hear the word “Writers Retreat” I cringe. Because what I really hear is “CON JOB” These retreats are meant to make you better, make you write stories you couldn’t write on your own. And to me that’s like trying to sell you a bridge that isn’t there.
It’s almost as though authors treat their work like an excuse to waste money. Never have I spend money on a writers retreat, or invested on a writing coach (Don’t get me freaking started on that) and I’ve managed to write six novels to date.
People say “Well, you get to disconnected from the world, you get to write in peace.” Let me tell you something. You can’t run from the world or reality. You need it to write. What these people charge, is the same thing I can do, by not forcing myself to write and taking time to think about the project, the story. Why is writing forced to be a rushed? I never have gotten that concept, and I think it’s laughable at people who say “The faster you write, the better you write, the more stories you write.” Honestly, I rather take my time with my work. Sometimes I’ll write chapters because I feel it, sometimes all write the scene bit by bit.
Authors are really to blame for this mess, and if you really need to sell this package, then it’s a good chance you don’t know what art is. Art is about you just feeling, seeing what you see, writing it down however you can, in your pace, in your words. Locking yourself in some cold basement won’t shake the artist in you at all. You got to unleash that artist in you, anywhere, anytime. That’s the advice I can give you for free and not force you to pay for it.
Hillary and banks are becoming too close of friends. And with her stating it so proudly at the debate ” Yes I took money, but it did not effect my vote.” That’s already a huge red flag, for someone bragging she doesn’t get pushed by big banks, she certainly isn’t looking creditable as being the one to regulate them. I haven’t seen a single politician bite the hand that feeds them.
Hillary says its no big deal, because it all went to her campaign, but are we that gullible to really believe a line like that. To me, Hillary Clinton has lost every ounce of respect she had the moment she took money in any forum from the big banks. But the balls on her to smile and look at the camera and state “She’s the one to make things right”
Would you trust a cop, who took bribes from drug lords to uphold the law? Because like it or not, this analogy applies to this.