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Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:45:30 PM »
This is a question I ask myself often. I have books out, sure, but I often wonder to myself where I see my writing career in 5 years. It's something I think we all could ask ourselves.

How do you gauge your writing career goals? By book sales, income, personal freedom, notoriety, fame, etc.? Personally, I go by income and personal freedom, but everyone has their own goals and dreams. Do you prefer concrete goals or rough outlines?

What are yours?
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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 05:47:21 PM »
To buy Denmark and be richer than The Queen.

But I'd settle for buying some land and building a house.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 06:40:09 PM »
To meet the cover model of Dark Bargains - Part 1, be soundly rejected notably because she's probably married but in spite of the fact that I hadn't even asked her anything, but remembering I had thought that through already and avoiding the whole embarrassing situation, thus simply saying "Hello" as she walks past me wherever we just met, except not loud enough for her to hear me, but just enough so I can brag about meeting a model, which is kind of a moot point since I've already met a model years ago so really we'll just pass each other and I'll be like, gee, she looks familiar somehow and that'll be that.  More likely, I'll probably meet that kinda creepy model sharing the cover with her and we'll pass each other and not even share a manly grunt because we don't know each other.

So, I'll settle for maybe having released another book and maybe, just maybe, sales will finally reach the double digits but I don't want to set expectations too high for a five year plan.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 06:53:21 PM »
To have each one of my books to be made into a movie or TV show produced by myself using money I make from selling them.  ;D
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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 06:54:54 PM »
I want to have about 40 books under my belt by then, I'm on track for about 25-30 so it might be pushing it. Anything that comes along with that in terms of rewards is fine too.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 06:58:22 PM »
This industry is brutal enough without thinking 5 years down the road.  Whatever will be, will be.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 07:02:06 PM »
Nothing fancy: I want to be able to support myself with my writing on a solid, middle-class income.

Slowly working toward it!

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2017, 07:15:36 PM »
This industry is brutal enough without thinking 5 years down the road.  Whatever will be, will be.

So true.

I'm only looking at productivity. I wrote nine books in the past five years (five for other people). I'd like to write 15 in the next five years. Shouldn't get in the way of walking the beaches where I live and enjoying my family, even if I don't surf worth a darn.  ;D



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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2017, 07:21:25 PM »
Five years ago I was doing what I'm doing today and five years from now I imagine I'll be doing more of the same. I love what I'm doing, no desire to change anything. I've recently increased my daily word count goal, so that's a fun new challenge. In terms of income, I've been pretty blessed in that regard so I don't 'need more' to be happy. Even if I made three times as much as I do now it wouldn't change my life very much. Material things just don't hold the appeal they used to, but starting a new book, that still gets me excited!

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2017, 07:28:44 PM »
To meet the cover model of Dark Bargains - Part 1, be soundly rejected notably because she's probably married but in spite of the fact that I hadn't even asked her anything, but remembering I had thought that through already and avoiding the whole embarrassing situation, thus simply saying "Hello" as she walks past me wherever we just met, except not loud enough for her to hear me, but just enough so I can brag about meeting a model, which is kind of a moot point since I've already met a model years ago so really we'll just pass each other and I'll be like, gee, she looks familiar somehow and that'll be that.  More likely, I'll probably meet that kinda creepy model sharing the cover with her and we'll pass each other and not even share a manly grunt because we don't know each other.
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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2017, 07:38:52 PM »
Still running in place, trying to figure out the latest algo changes Amazon has made and how they are affecting my sales ... or lack thereof.



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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2017, 07:42:46 PM »
Oh dear god, I am still in my first year of self-publishing! At eight months in, Book Report is recording numbers on 11 titles (not including paperback versions). By the end of my first year, I should have another four books out, making 15 titles in my first year (few shorts, some novellas, some full-length novels, a niche non-fiction, etc.). I'm pretty damn happy with that, considering that I'd never even heard of kboards a year ago.

Five years? I'd like to be happy with what I'm writing, and not going crazy over it. I'd also love to be making more money than my husband. But then he makes about $650k a year, so I'm not that ambitious. ;)

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2017, 07:58:12 PM »
I'll have more books available, more income coming in, more ideas than I'll ever have time to write, and I'll still be learning every day. And I'll still have the freedom to write what I want, when I want, and how I want and get it in front of a global audience. Can't get much better than that.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2017, 08:06:46 PM »
Oh dear god, I am still in my first year of self-publishing! At eight months in, Book Report is recording numbers on 11 titles (not including paperback versions). By the end of my first year, I should have another four books out, making 15 titles in my first year (few shorts, some novellas, some full-length novels, a niche non-fiction, etc.). I'm pretty damn happy with that, considering that I'd never even heard of kboards a year ago.

Five years? I'd like to be happy with what I'm writing, and not going crazy over it. I'd also love to be making more money than my husband. But then he makes about $650k a year, so I'm not that ambitious. ;)

Oh, I think you are, if you have 15 titles in your first year. Wow, good for you.


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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2017, 08:21:40 PM »
Five years....still having as many ideas as I do now.  Enjoying the process and being excited about the stories.  And hopefully, making enough to pay some bills and maybe put up a new fence around the horse pasture. 

Also, I'd love to have some of my books made into really great movies. :)

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2017, 08:38:15 PM »
Retired from writing novels, taking naps, and maybe getting a short story or two published every year.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2017, 08:48:45 PM »
If I have not turned professional within five years, I will retire from my 'real' job. Either way, I will be writing full time.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2017, 09:08:06 PM »
I'll probably be writing Return of the Son of Children of the Wildings (my main series is Daughter of the Wildings; now I'm working on the follow-up, Defenders of the Wildings, next on the drawing board after some stuff in other worlds is Children of the Wildings, repeat for as long as I have ideas). I hope to be making enough to partially support us so my husband can cut back on his stressful law practice and semi-retire or go do something more fun. He's not allowed to completely retire because he doesn't do well with unstructured time. He needs to keep busy.

Forgot this:

I'll have more books available, more income coming in, more ideas than I'll ever have time to write, and I'll still be learning every day. And I'll still have the freedom to write what I want, when I want, and how I want and get it in front of a global audience. Can't get much better than that.

This too, totally.
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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2017, 09:32:23 PM »
I'll have more books available, more income coming in, more ideas than I'll ever have time to write, and I'll still be learning every day. And I'll still have the freedom to write what I want, when I want, and how I want and get it in front of a global audience. Can't get much better than that.
This! Oh, so this! It's a dream being able to write as my only job (not that I earn jack, but I have a very supportive husband & family), but also even being able to sell my work feels amazing. This is all I've ever wanted to do with my life besides be a wife and mother (lol big dreamer here). But in five years? I'd love to have many more books available for sale, a nice sized audience to entertain and endless ideas. I'd also like to see a nice income added so we can build our cabin in the woods and a tiny home in Hawaii to take the kids to. :D

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« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2017, 03:05:19 AM »
In five years I want to still be writing every day, with at least four different series under my belt and a decent spread of readership. I want to make a liveable income from my writing and still be excited to sit down at the keyboard every day.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2017, 07:02:14 AM »
I'll have more books available, more income coming in, more ideas than I'll ever have time to write, and I'll still be learning every day. And I'll still have the freedom to write what I want, when I want, and how I want and get it in front of a global audience. Can't get much better than that.

It truly can't get much better than this. Says it all for me.
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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2017, 07:10:54 AM »
Can I just preface this with: I've been writing the same story for five years. My bestselling two series is still going strong, and I've two series in the same universe coming up behind them to write.

I imagine I'll have finished the first two series and will be working on the second set of series. I *hope* in five years I may be close to 'done' with writing this super long story. :) Maybe I'll start another, but it would be really nice to get a year off and not write for a little while because...I'm just saying 15+ books in five years felt like a lot when each book was average 120k+. My brain and fingers could use a break.

And then I'd probably hop right back on the train and write something else. :) If Amazon and self publishing is still a thing then.

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Re: Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2017, 07:15:43 AM »
Personally, I go by income and personal freedom

A sustainable writing career, which is determined more by budget than income. If you somehow need six grand a month just to get by, it puts a lot of pressure on sales and can fill your life with tension. If you can figure out how to thrive on two grand a month, you suffer much less tension and can focus on writing at a natural pace. I think it's better to equate personal freedom with your budget, which you can control, and not income, which is often a fickle beast.

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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2017, 07:50:13 AM »
I plan to be rich enough to hire my own Ray Donovan.
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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2017, 08:34:32 AM »
It truly can't get much better than this. Says it all for me.
This! Oh, so this! It's a dream being able to write as my only job (not that I earn jack, but I have a very supportive husband & family), but also even being able to sell my work feels amazing. This is all I've ever wanted to do with my life besides be a wife and mother (lol big dreamer here). But in five years? I'd love to have many more books available for sale, a nice sized audience to entertain and endless ideas. I'd also like to see a nice income added so we can build our cabin in the woods and a tiny home in Hawaii to take the kids to. :D