Friday, July 19, 2013

And now, I'm serious. (A Landmark Announcement)

For those of you who are wondering, I'm posting the Paying Forward winners on Monday. I have about 8 people left who still need to claim their prize. If they don't claim over the weekend, I'll post the names anyway, because you'll need to hassle them into contacting me. We don't want any of our sponsors to feel like they're any less appreciated than they are. ;-)

Now... on today's rant post. *Sweet smile*

I almost do want to rant. I actually want to go to a nice solitary place and scream my lungs out. Why? Because... well... the industry I'm in for my main job sometimes drives me apeshit.

People I have to work with are... well... not your average sort of person. While I have met wonderful people in the same industry as me, going through a dip in the market is showing the dark side of three of them. In one week. And when I say dark-side, I'm talking about them being willing to do serious harm to other people's businesses in order to get a few inches ahead. I'm not going to go into more detail, since I think it would be unprofessional.

But suffice it to say, I'm seriously tired of this nonsense.  See... I actually own a quarter of the business I work for. Which means that I'm beyond pissed off that people are trying this crap. Worst of all, we just need to grin and bear it, because that's what will get us ahead in the long run.

Yeah. I know. Being a strategic thinker sucks when you want to drive a few miles and beat someone's face in with a shovel. Or his telephone. Or his laptop. Yeah... laptop would have the right sort of ring for my writing soul. Since most of the aggravation comes from the e-mails I have to read.

Aaaaaaaaaaaanyway. The business is fine. We're smarter than to allow a few idiots to do damage. Still, I know that turning into a big green rage monster every two or three days isn't healthy when you're not Bruce Banner.

So. I need to focus on something else. Like... say... my new alternate career, writing. Yeah... that's a much healthier thing to work on at the moment. But I also know that I don't work at it nearly hard enough when I don't have some sort of goal or incentive.

Therefore, I now have a goal. Within the next five years, I want this writing gig I have to be a viable alternative career. In other words. I want to be able to produce enough, of good enough quality, to make royalties to the value of $7500. Every. Single. Month. For at least a year.

Dun dun dun...

Now I know some people are spitting coffee onto their screens. She's gone mad! Mercenary! In an industry where writing's done for the love... 

Let me put you at ease. I'm not going to write for the money. I'm just using a goal in order to get myself to get more writing done. I'm not going to sit here and be complacent with my current publishing deal. Yes. Publishing the series is awesome. But. Except for the series, I have four completed rough drafts, three rough drafts in process, and about eight viable stories that I want to draft out. Not to mention the twenty or so ideas milling around waiting to get some attention. And what did I do with them in the past four months? Nothing. Not a single thing.

And that's what I want to change. Because I know that I'm currently writing stuff people are looking for. Not because they're looking for it, but because I have these amazing ideas. Even if something turns into a slow seller, it doesn't matter. Because then at least, it's done. And it'll be out there.

So why am I telling you this? Well...

Remember when I put a count-down timer for my edits? And when I told you when I'd self-publish by if I didn't sell or get an agent for my book? This is exactly the same thing. Holding myself accountable to you my readers and blogging friends keeps me going.

The more insane the task, the bigger the incentive. Because if there's one thing I hate, it's falling on my face in front of a lot of people.

I know quite a lot of people will think me insane. And hey, I might be. But you know what? A lot of people tuned in to the Misha Show to see if I'd sell my first book. I did. And my second.

Now it's time to up the stakes.

19 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You've drawn the line - time to make it happen! And you can do it.

Andrea said...

I struggle so much with setting goals. I either aim too low and it is more of a to-do list, or so high that I frustrate myself and feel defeated before I can even get started. You are very good at it though!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Insanity can be creative. You go girl and I think you're crazy smart doing this.

Annalisa Crawford said...

It's a goal that a lot of us have, but don't necessarily voice. I think if you have that aim, and you're always working towards it, it can happen. I hope your day job doesn't cause you too much angst in the meantime though.

Andrew Leon said...

$7500/month? That's a huge amount and way about the industry average. That's more than twice the amount the my family lives on in a month. I'm just curious as to why you have your goal so high? Which is not to say that I am not for lofty goals; it just seems a kind of weird arbitrary number to me.

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey,

There's nothing wrong with $7,500 a month. I'd love that - especially as I've earned $0,000 a month from my writing over the last few years :)

You go with your Lofty Goals :)

Happy Weekend, and tell the three people to take a step outside of themselves and look in to see how bad/mean/unprofessional they are acting.

If that doesn't work, buy three My Little Pony's and a bottle of ketchup. Then, leave both at the end of their beds.... that shocking message should work :)

Rena said...

Goals are super important. And I agree that accountability really helps for writing (because let's face it: twitter). Kudos to you for setting your goals nice and high. Besides, if you shoot for the stars, you might fall on the moon. Or more appropriately "A [wo]man's reach should exceed his[her] grasp, or what's a haven for?" - Robert Browning

Richard Hughes said...

Good luck. Hope you succeed.

Elise Fallson said...

Accountability is what I need. I always write better and am more efficient when under pressure. Wish it wasn't that way for me, but it is what it is. Good luck Misha, sometimes you've gotta be bold and go for it. The more projects you get published and out there, the closer you'll get to your goals...and maybe exceed them. (:

Theresa said...

Hehe, "not your average sort of person." Hehe.

unikorna said...

My dream job is to write for money...I don't have another job and this is what I love to do...I dare say every writer has that dream, don't you?

Mama J said...

Setting goals (especially putting them 'out there' for all to see) can be a great motivator. Good luck!

Tui Snider @mentalmosaic said...

You're an inspiration and I hope you will share your process and strategies so others, like me, can learn from your journey.

~Tui
p.s. Thanks for dropping by my blog the other day. :)

Danette Baltzer said...

Well, I will definitely tuning in to see how things progress. I would love to do the same and if I could learn how you do it, then I will follow your lead!

VR Barkowski said...

Ambitious? Yes. Crazy? Never. Wishing you the best of luck in achieving your goals!

VR Barkowski

Crystal Collier said...

LOL. Go, Misha, go! ;) Dream it and make it happen, eh? I'm behind you all the way with cheese and my magic sunshine box. Here's a ray to brighten your work day.

Paul Anthony Shortt said...

Misha, I am right behind you and I can't imagine how anyone could begrudge you wanting to make money from writing.

I have a similar goal. I want to achieve regular sales of 30,000 copies per year (either print or ebook). Once I reach that and it remains steady, I can give real consideration to leaving my day-job and writing full-time.

LD Masterson said...

More power to you, Misha. Go for it.

Misha Gericke said...

Hehehe yeah... but then you knew that. ;-)