Thursday, March 21, 2013

Achievement Unlocked!

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.

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

Yay! Congrats! Keep writing because you are very talented and i can't wait to read more from you.

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, Anon!

CF said...

Well done. Hoping this is an upward curve. I can't wait for more Scary Mary books, and I'm hoping you will be able to write them faster.

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, CF. I'm hoping the same. I plan to release the third book in July. I've set it in stone and will hold myself to it.

Anonymous said...

When do you think you will release the sequel to Unicorn Bait?

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Anon,

That is a little hazy. I need to edit it. I was thinking about submitting it to a publisher, but I'm not sure. It's on the back burner at the moment. Sorry I can't be more definitive.

Sarah P. said...


That is wonderful! Congrats! I know you will achieve your big dream one day. You are a fantastic writer with a great start already! I know you will one day be writing full time, I can feel it.

I will say you inspire people. I was close to giving up on my writing after loosing my grandma to cancer a few years ago. She was the who encouraged me to keep writing and drawing. With her gone so suddenly I was loosing my will to write or draw. However, you have inspired me to start writing again.

I look forward to reading the 3rd Scary Mary book, as does my best friend who is now hooked on the series as well thanks to me telling her about it.

Keep writing, you have an amazing talent. <3

Anonymous said...

I will be honest with you and say that I would not have read Scary Mary if I had to pay for it BUT once I read it ... what a shame that would have been. I have found many a good writer this way. I've read their first book free and then felt compelled to buy the rest because they were that good. I felt the same way about yours too. I can't wait to find out what happens between Mary and Kyle so get those fingers on that keyboard and TYPE! I still can't believe how Cy treated Mary and quite frankly, if I was Mary, I would have left Vicky to the shadowman. It's a good job that Mary, although fictional, is a better person than me! I hope to one day to follow my dream as a writer. I've won a few awards on a fanfic site but alas not good enough to publish yet. I'm attending a writer mentor group at the moment. Wish me luck? GET TYPING! I sooo want to see Mary and Kyle on a date! lol

Anonymous said...

I can't wait until Dragon's Prey comes out! I've been so depressed lately. All the books I seem to read make me sad. I finished The Outsiders for school. It was amazing but so sad! I finished the Hunger Games series. The end was also sad but I was kind of happy at the same time. I let the sadness take over. You're so talented! Keep writing no matter what!

SA said...

What an exciting time for you! I tripped across your series on Amazon and anxiously waiting to see your other works come forth.

I LOVE SCARY MARY. :)

Best of luck to you in coming days and can't wait to see what comes next!!!

S.A. Hunter said...

Sarah P. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. She would want you to keep writing, but I know losing someone hits you hard. I'm touched that I could help you.

Hi Anon, that sounds great. Writing groups are a great help. I'm in one.

Hi Anon2, I'm sorry you haven't had any fun reading. I remember junior year of high school being full of depressing reading. It just wore me down. If you haven't yet, try Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett.

Hi SA,

Thanks so much! It's exciting but tiring too.

Anonymous said...

I am stumbling through the dark right now trying to understand ebook publishing and how it may help me...drum roll...also starting earning a little money. I'm fascinated by your blog...frankly, I went to your blog FIRST...but plan to start reading Scary Mary next. I don't understand a lot of how you got started. Do you recommend obooko...that's where I am seeing Scary Mary. Are you selling anything in print? I have a book nearly finished and am debating whether to just put it online. Sorry for long ramble. I'll come back when I can say something concrete about your writing!

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Anon!

Self-publishing is pretty dark and scary, but there are many resources
out there. The one I would recommend above all others is kboards.com, specifically the subforum Writer's Cafe - this is a forum where all sorts of self-pubbed authors hang out. From the super successful to those not on the NYT bestsellers list (I'm in the latter obviously). Search the forum. There's a wealth of information there. This is the web address: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/board,60.0.html

I only put my stuff on obooko because they sent me a few invites and when I looked at it, it seemed harmless enough. I'm ashamed to say, I'm not really aware of it. I pay more attention to the Amazon downloads (I'd pay more attention to B&N and iTunes if I could have access to that data, grrr.) Going free seems to only really work for a first in the series and only if you have several more in the series to sell. I'm doing okay, but I know I'd be doing better if I had more out in the Scary Mary series. That's partly why Dragon Prey got bumped to later in the year so I could make a concerted push for the 3rd Scary Mary book.

You won't be making much money with one book out unless you get some super stellar endorsement from J.K.. Rowling or Stephen King. And if you go free, you won't make any money, obviously.

If you have any specific questions, come back and ask or email me. sahunter(at)sahunter.net