Wednesday… Year 2, Month 12, Day 15 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day 15 of the STORIES FROM JULY challenge.
The challenge is to write a short story every day for the month of July and put them all in one massive book, along with these blogs about the writing of the stories.
First off, thanks everyone for the very kind comments. I honestly didn’t mean to trigger that, but they are sure appreciated. I was just trying to outline the thought process I was going through in this challenge and how thinking of quitting was very real.
So thanks, everyone. Your kind words mean more to me than you can imagine.
As for the day, up around 2 p.m. and off to snail mail around 3 p.m., then the WMG office. Worked there and talked with Allyson, the publisher for a time.
I did two covers today. One for the story from yesterday, which turned out pretty good. And one for an issue of Smith’s Monthly.
Allyson has rebranded my large thriller series (which only has one book in it and a few short stories so far, but might have more this next year). I wanted to put that book in Smith’s Monthly, to then have all my books and series in Smith’s Monthly.
The book is Dead Money and it will be the only book so far in Smith’s Monthly that has already been published.
So cover of the 22nd issue of Smith’s Monthly is pretty darned cool. One of the best covers I have done in a while I think. I riffed off the cover Allyson did for the book.
Home around 7 p.m. to watch news, have dinner, do the dishes. Then I came in here to work on different stuff for workshops.
Then out to take a nap that lasted too long, so at 11:30 I was groggy and went to watch news and some television. I ended up not getting back in here until 2:30 a.m.
I really need to start these stories before 2 in the morning.
Anyway, sat down and the song on the radio caught my attention. The phrase “Just One More.” Then on a 1960s F&SF I saw the half-title “Make Myself.”
So I smashed the two together to get “Make Myself Just One More” and was off and typing.
By 3:30 a.m. I had 1,050 words. A very short break.
By 4:35 a.m. I had another 1,100 words. Another short break.
By 5:20 a.m. I had finished the story at 3,350 words total.
I also realized the really cold character I had created was a series character, so I went back and put under the title “A Mary Jo Assassin Story.” I had no desire to create a series, but I sure have enough titles using the “Just One More” part.
Kind of fun.-
Update on yesterday’s story: Kris read yesterday’s story and liked it. Thanks, Kris!
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT:
Last night as I sat back and looked at the value of this challenge, I decided at some point I needed to do the math. Pretend sales, you know.
So let me do that now, just typing off the top of my head. I am sure I will forget some stuff and all numbers will be made up and rounded to make this easier. These are not my actual sales numbers, but I think they will get the idea across, since I am being conservative.
Say I get 30 stories finished. Again rounded one way or the other. (grin)
First income source would be this monster book I am putting together. More than likely the fine folks at WMG will want to charge $5.99 electronic and $15.99 paper.
Say this thing sells over TEN YEARS (remember that) a grand total of 500 copies. (It will have more sales after that, but stopping at ten years for this exercise). About $4.00 per book or a grand total of $2,000.
About $66.00 per short story.
Now I will put all of these in Smith’s Monthly as well. I usually have four short stories and a novel and a serial novel in Smith’s Monthly every month.
Say over the TEN YEARS an issue of Smith’s Monthly sells 500 copies. Back issues are selling regularly. Scary but true, not counting subscriptions to the issues and such right at first. Who knows how many each issue will really sell in ten years, but 500 is a nice number. There is about 70,000 words or so in every issue, so a 3,000 words short story would get about 5% of the income.
An issue sells for $6.99 and $12.99 paper. So each issue would get about $4.50 per sale. Or over ten years the issue would make about $2,250.00. The single short story income part of that would be about $112.00.
Total per story now is about $178.00 income over ten years.
All of these stories will be up for sale as stand-alone stories at $2.99 electronic and $4.99 paper. I will be very happy if all thirty of these stories average 100 sales each in TEN YEARS. Or about 10 sales per year average per story. Since many of these are in series, very possible. Some of my stories do not sell ten per year, other stories do many more sales than that.
So as stand-alone stories, each story will make about $200 in ten years per story.
That brings the total so far up to $378.00 per story over a ten year period.
Now I am also doing collections (just getting started, actually) that will have ten stories per collection. Price of the collection will be $5.99 and $12.99, so each sale will get about $4.00. Or about 40 cents per sale per story.
Let’s say over ten years I can sell a hundred copies of a collection. About ten per year. That would be another $40.00 per story over ten years.
So total for the story from these four major sources of income would be about $418.00 per story done in this challenge.
Got a ton of other ways to make money on these, including audio, reprint rights, bundles, series collections, and so on and so on.
Again, these numbers are not my numbers completely. I wanted to just show how this math works if you think over a ten year period and keep your sales expectations very low.
And by the way, $418 income for a 3,000 word story is about 14 cents per word pay rate.
And keep in mind TEN YEARS. The word rate just continues to climb as every year and every sale goes past.
Damn I love this new world.
STORIES FROM JULY
(Story #0… June 30th… The Library of Atlantis…. 4,000 words.)
Story #1… July 1… The Case of the Dead Lady Blues… 3,700 words
Story #2… July 2… A Bad Patch of Humanity… 4,050 words
Story #3… July 3… They Were Divided by Cold Debt…3,450 words
Story #4… July 4… The Problem of Grapevine Springs…4,550 words
Story #5… July 5… Best Eaten on a Slow Tuesday…3,000 words
Story #6… July 6… A Matter for a Future Year…3,000 words
Story #7… July 7… Roses Around the Moment…4,550 words
Story #8… July 8… For the Delusion that Waited…1,250 words
Story #9… July 8… Here to Stay on the Edge…2,950 words
Story #10… July 9… The Great Alien Vibration…2,400 words
Story #11… July 10… A Great First Day …4,350 words
Story #12… July 11… The Face in the Fullness of Time …1,900 words
Story #13… July 12… Why Delay? Just Rub …2,400 words
Story #14… July 13… The Stone Slept Here …1,650 words
Story #15… July 14… An Obscene Crime Against Passion …3,150 words
Story #16… July 15… Make Myself Just One More …3,350 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 12, Day 15
— Daily Fiction: 3,350 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 50,900 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,700 words
— Blog Posts: 1,200 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 12,300 words
— E-mail: 13 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words. E-mails month-to date: 291 e-mails. Approx. 11,300 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 2. Covers finished month-to-date: 16 Covers
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