pikestaff: (Derpy - Dragonborn)
So in case you're one of the two people who still follows me here and not at Twitter/Facebook, I did in fact win my fourth straight NaNoWriMo. Pretty happy with the result thus far, too. The story isn't finished yet so I'm still plugging along.

I ordered parts for a new computer a few days ago and they should be arriving at some point today or tomorrow. I think I am going to go crazy refreshing the FedEx tracking page.
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)

Right on the button every day. Lemme tell ya maintaining a 1700 word average every day for a month is not easy. Halfway there, though.

Such a research intensive book! I worry that I'm not getting parts of the culture or language right and the last thing I want to do is disrespect those. I feel better, though, telling myself that once I finish the draft I'm going to go into hardcore Research Mode while I edit. :}

EDIT: Did LJ finally stop begging me to change my password after ever single new post? Took 'em like six years to get around to that!
pikestaff: (Default)
I have a great new idea for a post-apoc/cyberpunk kid's book.

"But Pike, you can't write a post-apoc/cyberpunk kid's book!"

Yes I can, or my name isn't Pike S. Taff!
pikestaff: (Rainbow Dash - Determined)
Good news everyone!

I'm going to pay off my car this month.

Also my new job is going pretty well.

Also I finished the first read-through and edit of my next book. Onward to the next!
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
EBOOK - Amazon
April 2012 - 13 - ($4.55)
May 2012 - 3 - ($1.05)

EBOOK - Barnes & Noble
April 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
May 2012 - 1 - ($0.40)

EBOOK - Lulu - ePub format
April 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
May 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

EBOOK - Lulu - PDF format
April 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
May 2012 - 1 - ($0.88)

PAPERBACK - Createspace
April 2012 - 5 - ($27.45)
May 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

April 2012 - 6 - ($17.34)
May 2012 - 1 - ($2.89)

TOTALS AS OF MAY 30, 2012:

Total ebooks sold: 147
Total royalties from ebooks: $60.92
Total paperbacks sold: 12
Total royalties from paperbacks: $47.68

Total books sold: 159
Total royalties: $108.06


April was randomly a really good month and then May slowed down a bit. Still, it feels good to have surpassed the $100 mark with just a little bit of marketing and word-of-mouth.

In other news, Huxley is taking a nap in my bed right now and it is very cute :D
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
Some stats in the format of Month - copies sold - royalties

The ebook was published October 31, 2011, and the paperback was "officially" made available on April 9, 2012 (although earlybird copies were up on CreateSpace a few days prior.)

EBOOK - Amazon

October 2011 - 3 - ($1.05)
November 2011 - 77 - ($26.17)
December 2011 - 6 - ($2.01)
January 2012 - 4 - ($1.40)
February 2012 - 8 - ($2.66)
March 2012 - 3 - ($1.05)

EBOOK - Barnes & Noble

October 2011 - 0 - ($0.00)
November 2011 - 8 - ($3.20)
December 2011 - 1 - ($0.40)
January 2012 - 1 - ($0.40)
February 2012 - 1 - ($0.40)
March 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

EBOOK - Lulu - ePub format

October 2011 - 0 - ($0.00)
November 2011 - 9 - ($8.10)
December 2011 - 1 - ($0.90)
January 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
February 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
March 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

EBOOK - Lulu - PDF format
October 2011 - 0 - ($0.00)
November 2011 - 4 - ($3.60)
December 2011 - 2 - ($1.80)
January 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
February 2012 - 1 - ($0.90)
March 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

PAPERBACK - Createspace
April 2012 - 5 - ($27.45)

April 2012 - 4 - ($11.56)


Total ebooks sold: 129
Total royalties from ebooks: $54.04
Total paperbacks sold: 9
Total royalties from paperbacks: $39.01

Total books sold: 138
Total royalties: $93.05


Apr. 9th, 2012 02:23 pm
pikestaff: (Proud Charmander)
Aw yeah you guys check it out you can get a paperback of my book now

This means I'm officially done with Windshifter! On to new books and new horizons!


Apr. 7th, 2012 10:06 am
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
Writing is an investment. You're investing a bunch of time into something that may or may not pay off.

I'm trying to treat writing like a second job. It's hard work. I finally finished formatting Windshifter for print and now I've got an "early bird version" up on CreateSpace while I wait for Amazon to okay it. Sales are very slow thus far, but then I haven't made an "official" announcement yet. Besides, one print copy is equal to about 15 ebooks in terms of royalties, so I'm not going to complain too much.

"Cricket Song" is getting edited. There's another book, a kid's book, that I've been writing on and off for about a year that is getting worked on.

Eventually, this is all gonna have to pay off.
pikestaff: (Default)
I got new tires for my car the other day. It was exciting.

I am almost done finalizing the formatting on the print version of "Windshifter". Once that finishes, it'll be up for sale! Pretty neat. After that, it's back to editing "Cricket Song". I'd like to get that published this year.
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Crazy!)
Well I still hate my job but at least between the 40 hours a week + occasional overtime I'm making a decent profit for the first time in about three years. If things continue to go this way I should be able to start making double payments on my car either this month or next, and then if I can talk my student loans into slashing my monthly payment in half (and I should be able to, according to some new Obama thing I heard about recently) then I'll be able to start making double payments on my credit cards which I dumped so many medical bills and such into.

And of course there's also the Visiting Huxley Fund! I'm thinking either late spring or late summer for a visit, depending on how things go. I don't want to go in the peak of summer because of the Olympics going on in London so I'm sure flight prices are going to be wonky.

Writing and editing is always hard work but I'm trying to keep up with that, too. If I can turn it into a small but steady supplemental income then I'll have achieved my goal and I'll be happy.
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Crazy!)
Okay, so the pre-holiday work rush is a lot crazier than I thought it would be. We're so stupidly understaffed and customers are getting upset because they aren't being helped quick enough, and then they start thinking it's hilarious to blame me for it!

At least it's over in a week and a half or so? And I've got Thursday and Friday off. And then I get an extra day off next week for my birthday. Less money but I don't care~

Guys, check this place out. They're not actively hiring, and they're super small and Mom & Pop, but I'm considering writing them an email and saying "I have ten years of retail experience and I LOVE watches and things, can we work something out?" I mean, you never know... right? It'd be better than Kmart, right?

I'm still writing, by the way. Once I finish this book I'm going to go on an editing spree cause then I'll have like three different books to edit.
pikestaff: (Photo Finish)
Work is stressful but I am surviving! I now have my schedule all the way up through Christmas Eve, and it's not as bad as I was expecting. I mean, sure, I have a few difficult shifts-- Sunday, for example, I'm working until half past midnight (followed by a morning shift the next day), and then in the days leading up to Christmas I have a few soul-crushing 5:30am shifts in a row. But... I dunno, I guess I was bracing myself for having a whole pile of wonky shifts and I only got a few of them. The rest of my shifts are actually pretty decent. So I'm grateful for that!

Anyways as soon as January hits I'm going to begin looking in earnest for either a.) a new job entirely or b.) a part-time job to supplement my current one. Yup. That is the plan.

I'm doing good lately. I've got a wonderful boyfriend, I'm 3424 words into my new book and still going strong, I'm playing some great vidya and I'm SO much happier here than I was in Washington. So much happier! :D


Dec. 2nd, 2011 01:20 pm
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
I've only taken a break of a couple of days and the writing bug is already upon me again.

I could go three possible routes here:

1.) Edit "Cricket Song" (NaNo 2010) - It's been sitting around gathering dust for a year now but it's a pretty tight story to begin with so I could polish it up relatively easily and then sell it online, I'm sure.

2.) Edit "Space Heroes Forever!" (NaNo 2011) - I just finished it, so it's still fresh in my mind. Once I polish this one up I want to try to traditionally publish. The thought kind of scares me, but you gotta try, I guess.

3.) Write something completely new - I have three different ideas for this; two are kids' books in a similar vein to what I just wrote and one is a heftier project a la "Windshifter" or "Cricket Song".

I'm not sure what I want to do at this point. I'm leaning toward #3 because there's just something magical about first draft writing that editing lacks. But then, I don't really want to sit around for years on unfinished projects! Decisions, decisions. Either way I'm looking forward to jumping headfirst into a writing project again.

Sup bros

Nov. 22nd, 2011 08:48 am
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
I apparently haven't LJ'd in a while so I'll do so now, just to, well-- do so.

Nothing really is going on. Work is alternating between being tolerable and driving me off the deep edge and I'm fighting the urge to find a new job because, honestly, this one is paying me quite well (I recently got a pretty hefty raise) and I'd be hard-pressed to find another entry-level position that paid just as well. So I'm trying to stick with it.

NaNoWriMo is going well; the last couple of days have seen a dip in my productivity but I'm getting to a part of the story where things will start picking up again so I hope my writing will, too. I'm sitting at about 39000/50000 words which is definitely not bad. I think I'm going to edit this one up real nice and then try to traditionally publish it. It's a middle grade book (think ages 9-12) and as you might imagine there isn't exactly an ebook niche for that age range yet. So traditionally publishing will be the way to go with that one.

I have three or four other solid story ideas that I'd like to dive into after that. I'm going to make it a goal to keep writing after NaNo this time. Not at the same feverish pace, of course-- but I'll keep writing, nonetheless!

Aaaaand that's about it. Now I'm off to get ready to visit the DMV and get myself a Montana drivers' license and license plates, since I've been putting those off for months, haha.


Nov. 6th, 2011 08:51 am
pikestaff: (March Hare)
Lately I'm feeling more optimistic than I have in a long while.

"Windshifter" is slowly inching its way toward 100 copies sold across all venues-- sales have slowed considerably, as I expected, but that's okay. I'm writing more. I'm going to publish more. Things are going to get better.

Work sucks, but I think I'll be able to deal with it until I can find something better (I'll probably start looking in earnest after the holidays, once things settle down a bit.) And it's paying the bills. Finally.

My panic attacks, while not completely gone, have smoothed out a bit and are coming farther apart and fewer in number. It might be the meds, or it might be things calming down in my life, or it might be a bit of both. I'm not complaining, either way.

I'm reading more than I have in a good long while. I'm playing a lot of video games and enjoying them immensely. I have good friends. Have I mentioned that I'm writing a lot? I'm writing a lot. NaNo is going well so far; I'm currently working on building up an early lead because the second half of this book is going to be more difficult. I'm doing the occasional art project. Huxley and I are both working on saving up money so that we can eventually get a visit going. Then it'll be onward to something a little more permanent.

All in all, things are good. I just have to be patient, and then everything is going to be okay.
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
Yesterday was pretty fantastic. "Windshifter" peaked at "#2,826 Paid in Kindle Store" for the day-- I don't know how many books are in the Kindle Store, but some random glancing around revealed at least 300,000, so I feel pretty dang good about that. It's since dipped back down, of course-- sales are going to slow now. Huxley says that it will eventually go higher. Would that I was that optimistic!

Nah, I'm actually pretty pleased with myself overall. From what I understand, the trick with Amazon sales is to wait until your book starts showing up in peoples' "People who liked this also liked..." recommendation lists, which takes a little while, and I'm willing to be patient. Even if that doesn't happen, I'm still satisfied with what I've done so far. I honestly don't think I'd be any happier with the outcome if I'd traditionally published.

Meanwhile I'm back to writing-- NaNo has started and I'm going for three-for-three. I'm rewriting my failed Camp NaNo attempt. It's a kids' book and largely silly and satirical so it's going to be a fun little project. (Doesn't mean it'll take any less work than a more "serious" book, of course!)

I want to thank all of you for your support-- I couldn't have done this without my friends and readers!
pikestaff: (Default)
Still forcing myself to edit at least one chapter of "Windshifter" a day, rain or shine, no matter how I'm feeling or how busy I am. I'm over halfway done now and hopefully I can be done before the end of next week or so. Then I'm going to toss it to Huxley for one final proofread and then I'm going to self-publish it. Hopefully before November so it's out of my hair by NaNoWriMo, but I guess we'll see.

I am rather proud of this little book; it's not perfect by any means, but it was certainly one heck of a learning experience. I'm okay with putting a fairly decent learning exercise on Amazon for less than a buck. I've learned so much from this whole thing that I plan on using in the future to write, hopefully, even better things.

So yeah, watch this space...
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
Real quick update; it looks like after three weeks of red tape, bureaucracy, and false starts, I'm actually starting work, for sure, on Monday. So yeah. While I am very much looking forward to the paychecks, I'm pretty meh about the rest. I hate that I'm almost 28 years old and working for Kmart, and I hate that they're putting me at the service desk, a position that I worked (and hated) at Target way back in the day. But whatcha gonna do, I guess? I know retail inside and out; I'm not good at anything else. My hope is that-- since Kmart is literally right next to a Super Wal-Mart-- maybe our traffic will be slow because everyone will be going to Wal-Mart instead, and it won't be as stressful as Target was. We'll find out!

I'm working my little butt off with Windshifter. I have designed a cover with my rudimentary graphic design skills and I'm right in the middle of the final edit and writing the last scene I want to include. I'm serious when I say I want to finish this up and e-publish within the next couple of weeks. Then I'll be all clear for this November's NaNoWriMo, which is going to be a rewrite of my failed Camp NaNo attempt. I've reached a certain point of desperation with this book that I'm about to e-pub. I feel like I'm a failure at life and that, at least by doing this, I can show that I know how to make something and how to meet a goal that most people do not meet. And maybe if I'm lucky and enough people like what I write, I can write more, and then it can become A Thing.

But I'm trying not to get my hopes up.



Aug. 17th, 2011 09:59 pm
pikestaff: (Rarity - Wat.  Ew.)
Tomorrow marks one year to the day that my world turned upside down. It's... not the best anniversary to mark, I guess. xD

So: As some of you may know, I very recently got tired of being, well... here, and decided to focus my efforts on jobhunting back in Montana, with the plan being to move back within a few weeks. I even told my current job I was moving, although I didn't give them an official two weeks notice yet (their reaction upon learning I would be leaving-- a sort of passive disinterest-- left me feeling pretty... not-needed and somewhat jarred, I'll admit).

And so of course while I'm working on finalizing all of this I get a phone call from the Office Max in town (a place I applied at several weeks ago and promptly forgot about) and now I have an interview with them tomorrow. So, suddenly, I might be staying here after all, depending on what I can swing.

I'm going to come right out and be honest and tell them that if they plan on scheduling me for less than 25 hours a week, ever, I'm not going to take the job. I'll probably be starting at minimum wage (It's $8.60 or so here in WA) which is a good two bucks an hour less than I make at Sears on an average day, so even with the gas savings this will only be worth it if they give me decent hours. If they're willing to make that work for me, then I'm willing to stay here in a place I'm not very fond of.

Otherwise, I'm serious about going back to Montana.

Either way, it's time to actually start making money again. I'm tired of the fact that I have one good pair of pants that I wear every single day because I honestly can't afford clothes. And those are starting to look threadbare.

IN OTHER NEWS, I've written 2,669 words in my latest book today, which brings me to a total of 21,492 words total so far this month. Pretty behind; I need to be at about 26k :( I think I might see if I can hit 22k today and then hit up an early bedtime. I'm kind of nervous about the interview tomorrow, because so much hinges on it. I do apologize to Huxley and anyone who has to put up with my nervous BS lately... <3 I hope it all gets better soon.

Some Stuff

Jul. 14th, 2011 08:55 am
pikestaff: (Photo Finish)
I worked on adding a new scene to my book yesterday... I didn't finish, because I wasn't particularly happy with how it was turning out (as I'm fond of saying: I ALWAYS hate my first drafts, no matter WHAT), but I got an okay start. Here's what I'm adding:

It's short, but I'm putting it under a cut in case you care about potential spoilers! )

I'm still aiming for July 31 as a "publication deadline", but I'm not going to rush it if we get to that point and it's not ready yet. Still, I am making an earnest attempt!

So in completely unrelated news I'm on Google+ now. This is me. I'm pretty dang open with who I add, so feel free to add me! I'm actually 99% sure I'm going to be phasing out Facebook usage in favor of Google+, partially because the new Facebook chat thing is ticking me off and partially because... I dunno, it just seems like I have more friends in general on Google+, whereas Facebook consists of a few people that I talk to and a bunch of people that I don't. So!

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