Back on Dec. 17, 2011, I posted an entry saying my dream was to make enough money from writing to drop from working 40 hours a week to 32 hours a week. Well...Drum roll, please...
I DID IT!
I have negotiated with the library to drop down to 32 hours a week. This is my first pay period doing so. This is actually ahead of schedule for me. I'd thought I'd need to wait until November of this year, but decided to throw caution to the wind and pushed through the paperwork. I have officially realized one of my dreams! I want to thank everyone that has purchased my books. You've made so many dreams come true for me.
I'd lost all hope of making money from writing books when I first started this blog. Initially, I posted Scary Mary online as a final nail in the coffin of pursuing publication. It was never getting published, so I figured I couldn't lose anything by posting it. Remember, this was back in 2007 before the eBook explosion. All doors appeared closed to me except the world wide web. So I posted Scary Mary to this website. It wasn't "published" in the ink and paper sense, but at least others could read it.
I was happy enough. Not thrilled, but content. Basically, I'd settled. I enjoyed reading comments from people who came by and gave me encouragement and advice. I got the occasional donation and generated a little ad revenue. But there was no hope of doing better. I wasn't going anywhere.
Then I finally listened to all of the hubbub about eBooks. I'd disregarded it because I had no money to buy an eReader and my library did not use them either. But people were saying it was super easy to self-publish eBooks. So I decided to give it a try and the rest they say is history.
Back then, I didn't seriously imagine I'd ever be making a steady income from writing. I may still need the day job, but I've achieved a dream. I was able to reduce my schedule to 32 hours a week because I am making a steady income from writing. Reducing my schedule was a small dream, a mini-dream on the way to the big dream, the "Quitting the Day Job to Write Full-time" Dream. Where once I day-dreamed of being a full-time writer without hope of it ever happening, I now imagine with confidence. I know I will one day achieve it.
And that is because of all of you. Thank you.