At the end of May 2020, I took a huge leap of faith and turned in my 2-week’s notice. A lot of people questioned my choice to leave in the middle of an uncertain period of time in life but I had a plan.
Become a full-time writer and make a living.
Some of you might laugh at that thought — how can a self-published nobody make a living from writing?
But I have a secret skill. I never go into anything without a plan, even if it’s crazy. That plan was writing enough books during my time at home to start making ‘passive’ income on Amazon — daily ebook, paperback, or Kindle Unlimited reads.
I have my writing group friends to thank for the initial push. One member suggested the Facebook group 20BooksTo50K as a resource for ideas, motivation, and marketing information for indie authors. The concept is simple: if you have 20 books published, each making $7.50 a day, you can make $50K+ a year.
The execution is far from simple.
Many authors are lucky and have a runaway hit, only needing five or so books to make their living. Others go beyond the 20 books and still don’t make it to that number.
Still, you have to be extremely disciplined to make those books hit the sweet spot. Which means you have to write the books that make an impact on readers. It’s not about churning out 20 low quality books but rather writing something well and targeting it the right way. It’s putting the book readers want to read directly in their hands.
Writing 20 books is more than just writing 20 books. It’s strategy. It’s strong habits, writing often and quickly, marketing, studying, learning, and growing. It’s so much fun.
So that’s where I’m headed. I want 20 (or more) books to my name (or pen name). I want to write the stories that others are dying to read. I want to write the stories that I want to read.
Currently I have seven titles published — three novels, one novelette, and three short stories. One full-length is almost done. I have a ten-book series planned. This is my next step.