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My biggest insecurity this month is one I've been able to push aside for the most part, but once I've started looking at it, it's actually a big one.
See, recently I decided to take this writing gig full-time. (Long story, but don't worry. I didn't quit the day-job either.) The biggest difference that this decision has made is that I'm actually devoting most of my day to either writing or marketing in an attempt to bring in money.
The thing is that I started doing this with $100 in the bank, which is currently stuck there because Payoneer has a $200 pay-out limit.
So. Paid marketing platforms are out for me at the moment. As is basically anything I want to do to my books until my money is out (because I need to pay for my Adobe programs.)
And while my advertising for beta-reading, mentoring etc on Fiverr by far gets the most clicks, I think people might be scared of booking me when I have no reviews. (Annoying, because I've done six years' worth of critiques for my blogging buddies already, so I have the experience.)
Which means that right now, I'm pretty much stuck. I want to refresh two of my three books to get more readers for those... But... I either have to pay a formatter (which I can't.) or use at least Adobe Acrobat. (Which I can't.)
I have $4 stuck in Fiver at the moment (because they have a $50 pay-out limit) and I can get $1 more to try out a $5 marketing spree (I can use the $4 as credit). But there's little point to doing that until my books are updated. I need every dollar to go to maximum effect. So I can't just spend $5 on something I don't think will make a difference until I have everything in place that I need in place.
So it's a vicious circle. Because without effective marketing, I'm not going to sell more books, which means I won't be getting $100 anytime soon.
And EVEN if I make $100 in book sales, it'll take at least two months before I get the royalties.
Right now, the quickest way for me to get that $100 would be to make it on Fiverr, or if people pledged support on Patreon. (Because that would take until the end of the month.) Both will take time building up, though.
So yeah. It's a vicious circle.
Now for the IWSG Question...
When do you know the story is ready?
Depends on what the story is supposed to be ready for.
I know a story is ready to be written when I know the climax and ending.
I know it's ready for editing when I no longer feel as if every word in the draft is precious and needs to be protected at every cost.
I know it's ready for publishing when I spend an hour moving a single comma around. (Or some such.)
What about you? When do you know a story is ready? Thoughts on a way for me to break my vicious circle?