192 Days for 2018 Kindle Income

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Hi everyone! So I made traction with my Kindle income, but while it's the #1 passion of mine, it's been the one thing I neglect daily for more lucrative already established business models online.

I was making enough to pay my mortgage with 2 short stories of 10k words and 2 books of 40k and then I quit. I wasn't interested in the niche.

So I'd love to make it a habit for the remaining 192 working days of 2018 (no weekends/holidays) to get my butt in the chair and work on my fiction.

It's ultimately what I want to be - a fiction writer, and Kindle income is super easy and free.

So starting today, it's ON!

Wish me luck
Tiff
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Tiffany glad to see you are back on the forum. Wishing you and keep us posted how you are making progress.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Tiffany, I wish you luck, although you certainly don't need it.
    When you have a winning formula such as yours, you simply wash, rinse and repeat, ad infinitum, as I'm sure you know, seeing you have been around for many years.

    I'll even be cheeky and offer my editing/proofreading services so you can focus on increasing the speed at which you write the magical words that tell your stories.

    I just thought I would put it out there. I wish you well in your new endeavours!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Well I accidentally Thanked myself when I meant to thank DWolfe. LOL!

    Update on where I am on this project. This is the first partial outsource I've ever done. I developed the idea and wrote a 20+ page outline with details about what should go into each chapter, details about the characters, etc.

    Then I sent it to a ghostwriter to "flesh it out" for me. She did. Last YEAR (see how bad I procrastinate?) She got it back to me. I haven't read it yet. So last night, I took out my 20+ page outline and reread it so I could reacquaint myself with the storyline in detail so I can start working on the story today.

    I'll probably read through the whole book once, starting on it today - before i begin editing and rewriting/writing. I want the book to sound like me. A la James Patterson and how he outsources/then makes it his own.

    The other fiction will be written by me, but I just wanted to test the outsourcing waters.

    Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

    Tiffany glad to see you are back on the forum. Wishing you and keep us posted how you are making progress.
    Thank you! I sure miss this place from time to time when I'm away.

    Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

    Tiffany, I wish you luck, although you certainly don't need it.
    When you have a winning formula such as yours, you simply wash, rinse and repeat, ad infinitum, as I'm sure you know, seeing you have been around for many years.

    I'll even be cheeky and offer my editing/proofreading services so you can focus on increasing the speed at which you write the magical words that tell your stories.

    I just thought I would put it out there. I wish you well in your new endeavours!!!
    Thanks Laurence! The problem I have is putting fiction on the backburner when so many of my IM friends went on to surpass my 6 figure earnings using fiction.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Oh, Tiffany. James Patterson is my all time number 1 favourite author when it comes to fiction work.

    Your comment about your friends surpassing your income. While that's great for them, you're not in competition with anybody but yourself.

    Never hurts to test outsourcing. I edit/proof numerous books and ebooks for various regular clients so their time is freed up to do the actual writing. I have worked with them enough to write in their voice (which we both agree is one of the critical components of the work).

    So, Tiffany, maybe I ramble but that happens. Soon your friends will be jealous of your work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    I wish you a lot of success on your challenge, Tiffany. You also inspired me to get my own challenge going too. Time to get of our "lazy" bump and get to work on what truely inspires us. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    So last night, I took out my 20+ page outline and reread it so I could reacquaint myself with the storyline in detail
    A long time ago (yes, I'm old) I studied various forms of writing. Somewhere along the line, I remember being told, when you think you are done, put it in a drawer until such time as you forget what it says. Then take it out and read it with "new" eyes.

    Only then will you know if it's any good.

    It works for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Originally Posted by Leslie B View Post

    I wish you a lot of success on your challenge, Tiffany. You also inspired me to get my own challenge going too. Time to get of our "lazy" bump and get to work on what truely inspires us. Good luck!
    Thanks Leslie! Glad you are doing one, too! Good luck to you as well.

    Originally Posted by IGotMine View Post

    A long time ago (yes, I'm old) I studied various forms of writing. Somewhere along the line, I remember being told, when you think you are done, put it in a drawer until such time as you forget what it says. Then take it out and read it with "new" eyes.

    Only then will you know if it's any good.

    It works for me.
    Very true! I was doubtful originally but rereading it, I was very moved by the story. Excited to finish it up!
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Tiffany,

    All the best with it.

    I love my Amazon Kindle stuff; 126 eBooks. All short reads. Bite-sized. Ideal for bloggers who want practical, helpful tips. I also tossed in a bunch for travelers and some inspirational reads too.

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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Last night I took out the chapter 1 that I myself had written and reread it. Wasn't very impressed, but it was a first draft. Today I'm going to start reading the finished copy.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Not working today or tomorrow since those are non work days (as per my challenge), but yesterday I started reading the ghostwriter's version. Read chapters 1 and 2. Nice seeing it unfold and knowing exactly what I want to alter or add to the story.

    Not making notes yet - just doing a run-through of the book first.
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  • Profile picture of the author rdpproviders
    I wish you all the best for your success on your challenge, Tiffany. Your dedication and earning inspire me also we have to do work on this we want to do also something like this.
    Wish you all the best again.
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  • Profile picture of the author oppyeaunome
    Tiffany this is definitely something you can do. This seems very interesting as Kindle has been something I've been wanting to get into for a long time, but just haven't gotten around to.

    Let's see where this goes.

    Wishing you all the best and I know it will work out for you once you stick to it.

    Hard work and dedication is how you'll get there.
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    • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
      So yesterday and today (since Monday was a school holiday for my kids), I read 2 more chapters of my book. I find it hard not to make notes of what I want to change, but I'm trying to just do a run through because if I get sidetracked, it'll take me forever to get through this initial phase.

      Originally Posted by oppyeaunome View Post

      Tiffany this is definitely something you can do. This seems very interesting as Kindle has been something I've been wanting to get into for a long time, but just haven't gotten around to.

      Let's see where this goes.

      Wishing you all the best and I know it will work out for you once you stick to it.

      Hard work and dedication is how you'll get there.
      Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Read chapter 5 today. More great scenes to work with. I think I have 20-22 chapters total. That usually equals the 40k target I try to hit.
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  • Profile picture of the author shanejohnston046
    40k pages in 2 books, that's dedication. I hope you can achieve your goals by the end of the year. We all know you will.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    40k pages in 2 books, that's dedication.
    That's 40K words, not pages. Can you imagine the file size of a 40K page ebook?

    Think! It's not illegal...yet.
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    • Profile picture of the author shanejohnston046
      Yeah, I meant to say 40k words aha. If she wrote 40k pages I'd be getting down on my knees to worship!
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Originally Posted by shanejohnston046 View Post

    40k pages in 2 books, that's dedication. I hope you can achieve your goals by the end of the year. We all know you will.
    LOL yeah the pages would shock me too. Words, I can handle

    It's in 1 book, not 2. Well this time around. I have done two previous 40kers and 2 shorts. They're all fun! Can't wait to publish this one.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Update: Still reading through the rough draft. I am giving myself until the 19th to finish reading it all (3 chapters a day) and then on the 20th through the end of the month I'll edit and revise and wrap it up for publication. Planning to do 1 book a month for the remainder of 2018.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Reading a lot today. The thing that intimidates me is when I'm reading something like chapter 15 and I see something I want to alter and I know I'm going to have to alter it before and after in the book. I'm intimidated thinking I'll forget and readers will notice.

    I remember in my third fiction book I forgot an edit where I'd killed off someone and then poof! They showed back up later in the book. LOL! Unfortunately it wasn't a paranormal book or I maybe could've pulled it off

    Also today, I'm figuring out what my May 2018 book will be about. I'm using the Emotional Wound Thesaurus for the storyline idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris-
      One idea which might work . . . have a voice recorder handy as you read (even just a video App on a phone), and just say a brief note of what you need to come back and look at, even just a page-number (that takes a fraction of a second to say, so shouldn't interrupt your flow).

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      Originally Posted by TiffanyLambert View Post

      Reading a lot today. The thing that intimidates me is when I'm reading something like chapter 15 and I see something I want to alter and I know I'm going to have to alter it before and after in the book. I'm intimidated thinking I'll forget and readers will notice.

      I remember in my third fiction book I forgot an edit where I'd killed off someone and then poof! They showed back up later in the book. LOL! Unfortunately it wasn't a paranormal book or I maybe could've pulled it off

      Also today, I'm figuring out what my May 2018 book will be about. I'm using the Emotional Wound Thesaurus for the storyline idea.
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      • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
        Originally Posted by Chris- View Post

        One idea which might work . . . have a voice recorder handy as you read (even just a video App on a phone), and just say a brief note of what you need to come back and look at, even just a page-number (that takes a fraction of a second to say, so shouldn't interrupt your flow).

        Chris
        She has not logged on since June and not responded to any recent posts. So doubt she will see this advice anytime soon.
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        • Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

          She has not logged on since June and not responded to any recent posts. So doubt she will see this advice anytime soon.

          We shld mebbe try PSYCHOSIS.


          That is the fun way to exchange messages with other sentient beings without recourse to email or trainin' up no parrots.


          No ... waitaminute -- prolly I mean telepathy.


          Gotta figure if'n the gal ain't here, she dowin' sumthin' more excitin'.


          That makes resta us LOSERS.
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          • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
            Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

            We shld mebbe try PSYCHOSIS.


            That is the fun way to exchange messages with other sentient beings without recourse to email or trainin' up no parrots.


            No ... waitaminute -- prolly I mean telepathy.


            Gotta figure if'n the gal ain't here, she dowin' sumthin' more boring'.


            That makes resta us winners.
            *Fixed that for ya!*
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Tiffany could you just put a high lighter over the stuff you want to edit in the future as you read thru it the first time. Or put a little pen mark by the line on the paper so you note to edit it later on ? Seems you are making good progress so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
    Originally Posted by TiffanyLambert View Post

    Hi everyone! So I made traction with my Kindle income, but while it's the #1 passion of mine, it's been the one thing I neglect daily for more lucrative already established business models online.

    I was making enough to pay my mortgage with 2 short stories of 10k words and 2 books of 40k and then I quit. I wasn't interested in the niche.

    So I'd love to make it a habit for the remaining 192 working days of 2018 (no weekends/holidays) to get my butt in the chair and work on my fiction.

    It's ultimately what I want to be - a fiction writer, and Kindle income is super easy and free.

    So starting today, it's ON!

    Wish me luck
    Tiff
    All the best to you Tiffany.
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  • Profile picture of the author patrickvfisher
    Good luck sister ,
    don't forget :
    Self-discipline is some thing very important to achieve success , without self-discipline there is nothing !
    Good luck again and have a great journey
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by patrickvfisher View Post

      without self-discipline there is nothing!
      I doubt very much that Hunter Thompson would have shared that view. Just sayin' . . . . .
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  • Profile picture of the author tonces
    Wish you the best of luck. Hoping you share your success with us
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Tiffany how are you making out with the writing any new updates for us ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

      Tiffany how are you making out with the writing any new updates for us ?
      same question
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I'm also keen to know how you're going with your 2018 major goals, Tiffany.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Tiffany hasn't logged in since early june...so....
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      Tiffany hasn't logged in since early june...so....
      so . . . . let's rattle her cage! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Ahmed Asghar
    good luck for the future, and its a great start
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Would also love an update. My niche is perfect for Kindle publishing.


    Right now I've put a few short stories on my site to see how popular they are. I think they will be popular. After that a natural progression is to turn threads into short stories.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Hey y'all! Sorry I went MIA on you. Well two things happened:

    1. I just could NOT alter the ghostwriter's work. I felt weird, like I was plagiarizing someone else's stuff. I had to set it aside for months until I forgot what she'd written and I could start over from scratch. Some things were great, just some of it not how I wanted it to be. So I'm going to write from scratch and not look at her version. I still have my original outline.

    2. Life got a little chaotic. Lots of great changes - specifically, in making peace w/my ex. We all know personal life stuff impacts our productivity at times. There was a crescendo of stress and then POOF! We made peace. Even sent him a birthday present last week

    So ... life's going great. I have a plan. I did NOT achieve what I wanted to in fiction but there are still 2 months left. I HAVE been studying and learning and networking with other authors.

    I have not been stagnant. In any online business branch, if I come to a point where I can't accomplish my intended goal, I try not to abandon it completely, but just tone down my efforts until I can give it my all again.

    One thing I was able to do this year was fully automate my online marketing business for a week at a time while I traveled to Disney World twice. So now that I know how to do that, I went and planned out October and November's business tasks so that every last week of the month, I'm able to fully commit to fiction writing.

    I should be able to complete a 40k book in a week. That's 5,715 words a day for 7 days and that starts tomorrow.

    Today i'm queuing up all emails and lessons and product reviews. Then Sunday through Saturday I will be a fulltime fiction writer. I know one lady who writes 1 book a week in the historical romance genre (she's great) and another I just met who writes 1 book every 3 days in another romance genre.

    I'm not that fast. I can write 40 pages a day in non fiction but fiction is something scary for me because I care about it so much. So I'm going for about 15 pages a day.

    I've created a careful schedule for the right amount of sleep, the house is perfectly clean and the kids will pitch in for things this week that I normally do, and we'll have easy, quick meals.

    I want to treat it like a business.

    I'll report back next Sunday (a week from tomorrow) to let y'all know how it went. Wish me luck!

    Tiff
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    • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
      Originally Posted by TiffanyLambert View Post

      2. Life got a little chaotic. Lots of great changes - specifically, in making peace w/my ex. We all know personal life stuff impacts our productivity at times. There was a crescendo of stress and then POOF! We made peace. Even sent him a birthday present last week
      Nice to see you around again Tiffany. And good of you to make peace with you ex.

      I am in a situation where I am working with a client who wants to take her life because her ex broke up with her 6 months ago. I am trying to get her to see that her life is precious and worth ending over a breakup.
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      • Profile picture of the author Darrell Hagan
        Originally Posted by Shana Walters View Post

        ....I am trying to get her to see that her life is precious and worth ending over a breakup
        I know that you meant *NOT* worth

        So very true and I hope that you are successful with her.
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        • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
          Originally Posted by Darrell Hagan View Post

          I know that you meant *NOT* worth

          So very true and I hope that you are successful with her.
          Thanks @ Darrell Hagan. I didn't even realized I made that mistake.

          I just sent her message and she is very insistent that she can't be happy without this man. This is a difficult case to handle. Maybe someone else can get through to her.
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      • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
        Originally Posted by Shana Walters View Post

        Nice to see you around again Tiffany. And good of you to make peace with you ex.

        I am in a situation where I am working with a client who wants to take her life because her ex broke up with her 6 months ago. I am trying to get her to see that her life is precious and worth ending over a breakup.
        Oh gosh. Well there are what, 7 - 8 billion people on this planet? If one lets you down, there are plenty more to work with.

        Too bad she feels this way.
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        • Profile picture of the author Shana Walters
          Originally Posted by TiffanyLambert View Post

          Oh gosh. Well there are what, 7 - 8 billion people on this planet? If one lets you down, there are plenty more to work with.

          Too bad she feels this way.
          It is so sad. I stopped helping her because she refuses to take any advice I am offering her.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fidel Namisi
    Tiffany. I am keen to know how it's gone so far because I'm foraying into the world of selling fiction on Amazon. My strategy at the moment is to find a partner to do the marketing, so I can focus on the writing. I'd greatly appreciate any and all advice. Thanks so much and all the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
      Originally Posted by Fidel Namisi View Post

      Tiffany. I am keen to know how it's gone so far because I'm foraying into the world of selling fiction on Amazon. My strategy at the moment is to find a partner to do the marketing, so I can focus on the writing. I'd greatly appreciate any and all advice. Thanks so much and all the best.
      I bought Scrivener for myself and put my project on there. Took a bit of time to go through the interactive tutorial but it makes working on the project SO much easier. Making progress!
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      • Profile picture of the author Fidel Namisi
        Thanks Tiffany. I'm also a big fan of Scrivener. I just finished my first novel yesterday! Woo hoo! Now it's time for rewrites. If there were two or three daily or weekly tasks that you would recommend for marketing a book, what would they be?
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        • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
          Originally Posted by Fidel Namisi View Post

          Thanks Tiffany. I'm also a big fan of Scrivener. I just finished my first novel yesterday! Woo hoo! Now it's time for rewrites. If there were two or three daily or weekly tasks that you would recommend for marketing a book, what would they be?
          From what I experienced it would be:

          1. Networking to get to know other same-genre authors as friends on FB (they share with their audience all the time).

          2. Participating on social networks like FB or wherever your readers hang out and letting them to know you.

          3. Learning more about FB ads. I buy through them but I haven't learned much and I know they're effective for books.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Tiffany the year is about over and recent results are are you going to finish this in early 2019 ?
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