Creation and Coffee
Like most Americans, I like to start my morning with a cup of coffee (and a couple supplements).
I usually make coffee at home with some milk and cinnamon (stabilizes blood sugar to prevent caffeine crashes).
A lot of times I go to Starbucks to get coffee.
In fact, when I’m not working on eBay or Amazon stuff, you’ll probably find me at Starbucks writing.
I feel like a stereotypical millenial for writing on my Mac laptop at Starbucks. But there’s a reason this cliche exists- it’s a nice place to do work at.
I like the quiet social atmosphere and the big windows. I get a medium coffee in a mug, bring my laptop, and then sit down in the corner. Then I write sexy stories.
I like to write for at least an hour and try to knock out 1000 words.
Side-note: I was employed at Starbucks for 6 months back in 2017. I wish I got money for writing this post about them, but wishes don’t come true.
How Words Can Pay for Coffee
The best thing about writing at Starbucks is that it’s easy to immediately reward yourself for your efforts.
Every time one of my stories sell on Kindle, I get to keep 70% of the $2.99 sale. This is about $2.
And look at that conicindice- that’s about how much a medium Starbucks coffee costs!
Writing at Starbucks pays for my coffee.
But this wasn’t always the case.
Back in January, a typical 2 week stretch on my Kindle sales account looked like this:
I made 30 cents during those 13 days.
In contrast, for the last week my Kindle sales have looked like this:
I’ve sold 29 stories this past week and I’ve made a little over $50 in profit. This has been my best week of sales since I started writing erotica this winter.
I just published my 21st story yesterday and am feeling motivated to keep writing. So I need to strike while the iron is hot, and put words on the screen!
I like self-publishing on Kindle. You can live in obscurity and still make money by using a pen-name, and the stories only have to be about 3000-5000 words. And the best thing is you don’t have to deal with sneaky customers.
Another great thing about self-publishing is that one story can sell hundreds of times. Unlike freelance writing, where you’re giving the client your work and only get paid once, self-publishing allows you to keep making money with one written work. Assuming that it’s good enough and people want to buy it.
Writing and self-publishing erotica has been my main focus for the past few months and the results are finally starting to show. If I can keep this pace of consistently publishing 2 stories a week, who knows what the results could be in a year.
Perspective and Framing
A $2 ebook sale won’t make you rich. But, it will pay for your (medium) morning coffee.
Framing this small sale as a coffee sounds better because it’s a real-world purchase.
But writing is a grind, even if it’s just writing ridiculous erotica stories. Selling a story for a little over a $2 profit isn’t a big enough motivator for most people to go through the effort of writing and editing a story, then designing a cover, picking keywords, and writing the description. Only to sell it for for $2.99 where Amazon takes 30% for their cut.
These $2 sales sound small, but with 90 of these sales, I’ll pay for my car insurance payment for the month.
And with 29 sales this past week, 90 sales a month is a good goal.
6 months are going to pass regardless of what I do. It motivates me to remind myself that even though sitting down and writing everyday can be painful, it’s worth it. Especially because it’s so rewarding to see money from my efforts.
I’ve found the secret to writing a lot is to get it done as early in the day as possible! If I can force myself to sit and write for an hour right after I wake up and drink coffee, I feel accomplished and motivated to take on the rest of the day.
And if I exercise after, it’s even better.
Until Next Time,