When big things happen in our lives, we tend to reassess and evaluate where we are. For me, I realized this past month that something had to change.
I’ve been planning on my self-published books supporting me into my old age. That goal may require a little honing – in fact, it definitely will. My books have not taken off according to plan. I happen to know there are a lot of Indie authors in the same boat. So, since the gazillion dollars are not going to come my way for a while (I still believe in ultimate success), I had to shift my dream a bit and make room for expansion.
I’m now developing and implementing Plan B. This is where I find something else that makes me happy and create a new income stream from that other love. No, I’m not cheating on my writing muse, Shirley. In fact, she’s come back to life as I’ve shifted focus to this new endeavor. I think she’s happy to have my mind occupied elsewhere. It takes the stress off of her.
The great thing about coming up with a Plan B is that hopefully it will keep me from re-entering the corporate world, from which I still have scars on my belly (not really, but you get the idea!)
I’m shooting for a big unveiling within a month. I think you’ll be surprised. But the real reason for writing about this is because I’m sensing desperation in some of my writing friends. It is very difficult to accept but being a successful author actually means selling more than 100 copies of your book. I’ve seen similar figures on the internet, but here’s a quote and link for you – “Most of the one million books published in the United States each year will never sell more than 100 copies.”
For those of us who dreamed of writing on the beach or on the veranda of an Italian villa during our retirement, we may have to shift our expectations slightly. However, you’ll never find me telling you to give up on your dream because I definitely believe you must have at least one and many, many times they do come true. So, plug on, dear ones, as I plan to, but maybe think of a lovable sideline to add to the mix.
Cheers to all the believers in the world!