Welcome to My Full-Time RV Living LifeStyle Blog!

I suppose I should mention that this is an RV blog. The picture of me standing beside a motorhome in the banner probably tipped you off to that fact already, but you know how it is with blogs, any body can put anything in the header.

Anyways, I was born, raised, and live in Maine, I have 12 cats, and some people would call me homeless. Nope, I have a home, I just don't have what people call a standard house. My house has wheels and her name is Rosebud. My backyard stretches on for thousands and thousands of miles all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Once upon a time I had a "regular home" but a flood came and took it away. Me and my cats spent the next 3 years living under a 8x6 tarp and survived through 3 blizzards and Maine's coldest winter on record when the temps hit -48F. After that me and the cats moved in a Volvo. As hard as it is to live in a tent with 12 cats, it's even harder to live in a Volvo with 12 cats, and a motorhome named No Hurry was the answer. No Hurry: my home, my office, my RV.

I plan to use this blog to share my thoughts, ideas, adventures, and advice on being self-employed, living and working a full-time RV LifeStyle with an army of cats, while boondocking in the wonderful (and sometimes sub-zero) state of Maine.

I hope to write a post a day featuring random thoughts as they pop into my head, and hopefully 2 or 3 posts per week will focus on something helpful to those seeking to live in an RV full time. If you've any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on what sort of posts you'd like to see me write, please comment and let me know.

I hope you all have as much fun reading this blog as I know I'll have writing it.


Friday, December 14, 2012

FAQs: What are your book sales goals as a self-published author?

"What are your book sales goals as a self-published author? Are they realistic?

Self-published authors hear two conflicting messages: Either we are supposed to sell a million books or we will be hopeless failures, because most indie author don’t sell more than 100 books, ever. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. But we have to learn to market our books." 

My "reasonable" sales goal: 100 books total per month.

My "preferred" sales goal: 100 copies of EACH title per month.

My actual sales: currently around 10 per month on a "good" month and 0 on a "bad" month.

Why are sales so low? Well, most of my books were in print between 1980-1997 and are currently out of print. Those were self published and only a few dozen copies of each run. I was doing it as a hobby back than so I didn't put any effort in marketing either, basically I was selling to friends.

I finally realized writing was what I was happy doing and every other job was just not what I wanted to do, so in about 2005 I decided to try to make a career out of writing and started doing freelance non-fiction articles, which I do enjoy doing, but I enjoy fiction even more. It wasn't until 2010 that I actually started doing some serious research into fiction writing as a full time career, and it was only a few months ago, that I started looking into eBooks.

Long story short, over the years (since I started writing in 1978) I have written 30+ books (a few fiction, but mostly non-fiction, self help type stuff), 200+ short stories (mostly horror, sci-fi, or romance), more than 2,000 non-fiction articles, a few RPG game modules, a couple of comic books, and a few dozen plays. It's a lot, and in theory, I should be making loads of money. In actuality, most of that stuff was printed one-time-shots, of a few dozen copies or in obscure now out of print magazines, meaning that today, I only actually have 2 books, 1 play, and 4 short stories that are currently in print, thus why 10 sales in one month is a good month! LOL!

My current goal is to keep writing new stuff, and reprint my old stuff, getting all of it up on Amazon Kindle in eBook format, and hopefully turn this into a full time income.

Ever wonder what it was like to live with Autism? 
I have Autism. For more of my life I rarely spoke and was considered "too crazy" to ever live a normal life. I communicated via writing instead of vocally. I did not attend school. Psychologists said I would never drive a car, never get a job, never go to college, never function as a meaningful member of society, never be able to take care of myself or live on my own. They said there was no hope for me, I would need full-time care my whole life. 
My progression was long and slow and very hard. Things other people found easy to do (getting dressed, brushing teeth/hair, walking across the street, etc,) I found extremely confusing and hard to learn. I was prone to wandering off and getting lost (I still am). Driver's ed takes most people a few weeks to learn - it took me 5 years. 
I determined to prove the doctors wrong, but it was far harder to do, than most people would imagine. I got my first job working at Macy's at age 30 (a very difficult job as I had to deal one on one with customers and I still at that point was not talking in a manner that could be understood by others). I got my GED at age 34. I got my driver's license at age 35. I started college at age 36. By age 37 I had become a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Student and I was finally able to speak to others in full spoken verbal conversation for the first time in my life. 
Now you can find out what it's like Being an Adult with Autism


Good morning Starshine! Liked this post? Looking to connect with me online? I love social networks and am on most of them. You can find me on: BloggerEtsyFaceBookGoogle+KeenMySpaceNaNoWriMoProBoardsScript FrenzySpoonflowerSquidooTwitterULC Ministers NetworkWordpress, and Zazzle Feel free to give me a shout any  time. Many blessings to you, may all your silver clouds be lined with rhinestones and sparkle of golden sunshine. Have yourself a great and wonderful glorious day!

~Rev. Wendy C. Allen aka Empress EelKat of Laughing Gnome Hollow


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