Milestones in Publishing

Blooming happiness.

Blooming happiness.


I received my first payment from Amazon. Squee. It’s not much, won’t even cover the price of a pre-made bookcover, but that’s not the point. The point is I got paid. This marks the first time I’ve received payment for writing. Even though I’ve been actively pursuing a career as a writer, it wasn’t until this first payment came in that it felt real. I know writer’s online that get paid $500 a month or more, just from writing. They have a dozen or so titles. I only have a handful of short stories to my resume.

But the thrill of it. I admit, the validation of it.  Should money make me feel validated. In the long run, no. Validation, like purpose, should come from within. And it does. But if you want to be a writer, especially an indie writer, you need cash. Editors and cover artists don’t work for chocolate.  So excuse me while Roux and I make ‘Smores and drink a tall icy bottle of Coke with peanuts. I’m celebrating.


Round 2 Goals:

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights were either constant progress, which I count as a success or completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. Really, no surprise there. I hate them.

  • Promotion. Not so much.
  • Read 4 books a month. I just started In A Fix,by Linda Grimes. I love it. Very funny with an interesting plot.
  • Spend 15 minutes a day decluttering. Nope! I did make a list.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  one out of two.
  • Stop binge watching Netflix.  Nope, but I am halfway through season 1 of Gotham. Totally addicted.
  • Stay on top of Critique group. Yes. Finally.

New goals:

  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest.
    I am at 2,433. I am now reaching the part in the story that was fairly well fleshed out so I hope to have it finished by next Sunday.
  • Use May as revision month for one of the novellas I wrote this year. Not yet.
  • Adding for 5/11- Deep Clean house– I made a list 🙂

Goals reached for Round 2:

  • New Release to publishMissing Children is now available. So happy.
  • Camp NaNoWriMo.  I won!!! I am happy to have this novella written. It’s been lurking in the back of my mind for a while.

Goals dropped:


  • Spend 15 minutes a day on moving my behind.  I say yes. I spent three days chasing children and cleaning up after the theater dinner. Getting rid of this goal. I hate it.
  • Cut the processed foodsThree meals a week with no processed junk.   Getting rid of this goal.
  • Eat fresh veggiesTwo meals a week with something fresh. No frozen!  Getting rid of this goal.

There’s a lot of red this week. I don’t feel like I was very productive. I goofed off too much and need to get back into it. I need to focus. I have two weeks before school is out. Once that happens it will take a few weeks to find a writing schedule that works around the children. I’ve never tried to keep a routine in the summer, but I am this year. I haven’t had a summer off in almost four years. Totally looking forward to it.

Better luck next week.

How did your week go?



5 thoughts on “Milestones in Publishing

  1. Maybe money shouldn’t make you feel “validated”… well, except for that small caveat of needing to have been paid to be called a “professional author”. That certainly can help a sense of validation…

    Summer… it’s harder than I’d like to shift gears, but that’s part of why I like the ROW80 over all other writing challenges. It’s year-round, so it’s easy to build a habit and stick to it.

    I’ll send you some serious “deep cleaning” vibes, but… you have to send them back–I’ll be lost without them (I come from hoarders on both sides of the gene pool!). 😉


    • Hehehe. I don’t have hoarders in my gene pool. I have the opposite. My mother was a neat freak. Her house was always spotless. I think I’m still rebelling against that. That’s my excuse anyway.


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