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My Writing Progress Report for December 2015

By Edited May 29, 2016 2 9

During December I published 7 articles on InfoBarrel (8,286 words), 3 role playing game supplements (23,965 words) and 1 blog post (521 words). I also republished, with tweaks, 8 articles (5,130 words) on my general content site.

The total number of words written in December was 40,554, up substantially from November, and quite an impressive figure in retrospect given the fact that a good chunk of time was lost over the holiday period. One article was featured in December, Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Notebook and Pen
Writing Related Earnings for December

£13.44 was earned in December from Daily Two Cents and the electronics site, with the latter earning the majority of the income. This was up from the month before, although AdSense earnings as whole decreased slightly, mostly due to the expected decline in YouTube revenue seen at this time of year.

InfoBarrel earnings were $23.09 from Tier 1 and Tier 2 advertising, up a bit from the previous month, although not quite enough to take me over the $50 payment threshold, which should be achieved next month.

38 new posts were published on Daily Two Cents and again nothing new on WritEdge. AdSense earnings for Daily Two Cents increased slightly, but there were no Amazon sales. Nothing was earned from WritEdge or Expertscolum. HubPages income deteriorated yet again, and it will take decades at this rate to reach the payout threshold.

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Amazon

Amazon US sales were 199 despatched items earning $493.56 in commission. Thanks to the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, I had actually passed my previous best earnings - December last year - within a few days of the beginning of the month. By the end of the month, I had more than doubled the entire lifetime earnings from Amazon, as far as I can tell (the stats only go back five years), and reached the 7.5% referral rate for the first time ever, which did make a noticeable difference to earnings, even with many items having fixed rates. Almost every day of the month had sales; they did not start to drop off until December 24th. Amazon UK earnings were also the best, beating last month's, although much lower than Amazon US. There were thirteen dispatched items earning £20.70.

Whilst I am very happy about this, the fact that this is sales from only one site, and one whose sales are largely seasonal, is a bit of a concern. I need to start generating income from more than one site and either getting some all through the year or making so much at the Christmas period that the rest of the year's sales are largely irrelevant. In other words, I'm looking to boost the income many, many times - say fiftyfold.

eBooks

Three new role playing game supplements were published in December on RPGNow. This is one less supplement than might be expected at the one a week rate I've been managing to keep up with (and still did in December). This is because one of those released during the month was an image pack. As it was images, and involved no writing, I haven't included it in the writing report, even though it did generate a small amount of income. Earnings were $66.62 from 89 sales across 30 supplements, and only two thirds of the supplements had sales.

This was quite a drop in income from the previous month, but this wasn't surprising, and was expected, given that there were two sales in the previous month which accounted for a lot of the sales. It was still the fourth best month overall. More products have been listed, resulting in more being for sale every month, and the more there are, the more they tend to generate more sales. Purchasers may often only buy one supplement, but the occasional sales of a dozen or more related supplements does happen.

One of the supplements released during the month was also my largest, and most expensive, to date. Its sales have not been huge as yet, but given that it is more expensive than anything else, it has generated more money than the majority of the others, and accounted for a substantial percentage of the monthly income.

There were no new Kindle ebook sales and a slight amount of income, $0.09, earned from page reads in November.

Niche Sites

Nothing new was published on the clothing niche site and there was no revenue, however tiny, this month. I need to make the time to start writing and adding new articles to the site, as it's looking a bit neglected.

There was nothing new published on the electronics niche site, due to a lack of time again, but this accounted for all of the Amazon and the majority of the AdSense income as it was popular over the Christmas period.

Five posts and five pages were published on the RPG site. There was one sale on RPGNow from the RPG site, going by the marketing sources report, and I was able to identify what had sold. This was for a copy of the Pay What You Want Image Collection. Given that the majority of these sales generated nothing, it is highly unlikely that this sale generated any direct, immediate revenue. Still, it's a promising sign. Again, until I start adding content that ahs value in itself, rather than being simply promotional, I don't expect to see much from the site.

Other

I republished eight articles on the general site. This is not really a niche site; this is one of my oldest sites that I've redone, because it no longer worked, and I'm using it for a variety of articles on assorted topics. The only advertising being done at present is some Amazon US links; I haven't added any others as yet, because the amount of content is still a bit thin to really re-add the two contextual networks I was using before, AdSense and InfoLinks.

I have, so far, been republishing articles, with some tweaks, that were previously published on the site, and after that is finished, or at least done with the articles that were unique to that site, there is still plenty of content that was from a variety of sites, or was intended for them, that I will probably tweak and republish, or simply publish, on this site.

Quite a bit of the current traffic it is getting is from old, now obsolete, links for the type of site(s) it used to be, so they aren't that useful any longer; visitors are visiting the main page and then leaving without going any further into it, once they see that the site isn't what they expected. I also need to do something about the old subdomains, and redirecting the traffic to the current site.

Last Year's Goals - How Did I Do?

In the report for December 2014, I wrote down some hoped-for goals for the next year. Admittedly, until I was writing this report, I had forgotten about them, so let's recap to see what, if any, progress was made towards them.

I wanted to release twelve new role playing game supplements. I managed to release 45 that were writing based, plus one that wasn't, so 46 in total. This goal was most definitely met.

I wanted to start six new niche sites. If the RPG site is included, I only managed two. This goal was failed. I also re-launched a general site.

I wanted to release six new Kindle ebooks. I managed none. This goal was an abysmal failure.

Plans for January and Beyond

Like last year, I'm going to look at some goals for the next twelve months, not just January. Hopefully, this year I'll remember about the goals for a bit longer than last time.

For role playing game supplements, I want to keep up the release rate of at least one a week, so this goal is 52 new supplements in total (if I finished everything that is currently in progress, I would very nearly reach this already, even excluding other ideas. Admittedly, in progress works range from under 100 words - I have notes for others that are longer - to over 10,000, and the amount written doesn't directly correlate to how near to completion the supplement is). I also want to have released at least one supplement that isn't generic, but for a specific game system, probably Pathfinder.

For the other two goals, I'm going to go for the same as last year.

6 new Kindle ebooks published.

6 new niche sites set up.

The Kindle ebooks goal is going to be the most difficult; the niche sites, I already have material ready for two at least, they just need launching.

I still need to sort out what I am doing with all the domains I'm no longer using; currently, they are just costing me money.

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Comments

Jan 24, 2016 7:43pm
shar-On
Wow you have done well with Amazon sales. I gave up on that or should I say they dropped me for the second time so not going to bother now. Well done but you have done a lot of work to get there.
Jan 25, 2016 1:39am
egdcltd
Thanks! Yes, it's taken some doing to get to this level of Amazon sales, and I'm still nowhere near the level I'd like. I did have an advantage, having a very old Amazon affiliates account back when you didn't have to make a sale in x days to keep it. Old accounts were grandfathered in when they changed the rules. I may be selling something every month now, but that wasn't the case for a very long time.
Feb 10, 2016 9:48pm
shar-On
I know what you mean egdcltd, about having an old amazon account. I had one with hubpages from 2007 from memory. But when I stopped writing in my name I cancelled my Google adsense account and therefore lost the amazon sales over there. And I did quite well on hubpages with amazon sales so missed them. But it caused too much hassle in Oz with my pension so could not be bothered reporting into centrelink with some piddly earnings, especially as we were traveling all over the place and was not convenient. Wish I still had that old account though.
Feb 12, 2016 2:27am
egdcltd
Yes, it's a shame you no longer have it. There could have been ways around that, but they would probably involve spending money, either on an accountant or on setting up a limited company (or equivalent). The income from the latter would only be relevant for you if you actually took any money out of it. More hassle, though.
Jan 25, 2016 1:10am
yackers1
Congrats on the Amazon Sales. Found out something last week you may not know about re Ebooks.......

If the end customer is an individual (not a company or business) and resides in an EC member state output VAT must be charged at the country's rate. For example, if the customer lives in France the French VAT rate is used, if the customer lives in Spain the Spanish VAT rate is used etc.

As I am sure you are aware in the UK there is a VAT threshold however there isn't one when it comes to supplying electronic and digital products (such as Ebooks) which means every UK person or business providing digital services must charge output VAT. Even if one Ebook is sold for £1 output VAT must be charged.

Rather than registering for VAT in each EC country you can register for MOSS in the UK (which means quarterly returns must be submitted) however in order to do this you also have to register for UK VAT and file nil quarterly returns - even if you are below the threshold!!!

I agree the above is an absolute joke but since I had a client have an HMRC investigation last week and the tax inspector queried the sale of digital products (Ebooks) I thought it is something you may be interested to know about.

Another nail in the coffin for UK writers trying to earn a little extra money writing Ebooks.
Jan 25, 2016 1:37am
egdcltd
I'm UK resident, but fortunately not currently VAT registered (I have been in the past; high turnover/low profit margin manufacturing). It can be a pain if you have to be. I'm not quite sure how the RPG supplements will be dealt with. I may have to speak to my accountant about it, especially as I don't directly sell the ebooks and PDFs, but simply receive money from the actual seller.
Jan 25, 2016 2:33am
yackers1
Please don't think I'm pulling you up on this - just thought I would bring it to your attention that's all.
Jan 25, 2016 2:36am
egdcltd
Don't worry, I'm glad you brought it up. I don't think it would apply if you aren't directly selling the ebooks in question, just basically receiving a commission, but I've seen enough daft HMRC rules to know that sensible isn't always in it.
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