I wrote just 94,131 words for the month, the first time I fell below 100,000 for the year.
That happens about once a year, though usually in May.
Anyways, I still managed to put out two books, which we’ll talk about below, and I put up 30 blog posts.
Other than that…here’s what happened.
2 New Books
The first was Dorion’s Dilemma around the 1st.
Next up was Sun River Crossing on the 6th.
So far those two books have sold just over 50 copies.
I’m pretty happy about that. I’ve had many new releases sell just 1 or 2 copies when I put them out. So to get that many sales is refreshing.
I’m not sure if you’ve read either of those books yet. The first one there is a Book 8 in a series, so maybe that’s a bit much for you.
That second one, however, is a short novel about Montana in the 1860s and is just $0.99.
Why not give it a look? I think you’ll like it.
I continue to do well with book sales, primarily because of my Colter novels.
They’ve now sold 2,911 copies and earned me $7,800.
Colter’s Winter alone has just passed the 1,000-sales mark.
Besides that, the next leg of the Mountain Man Series (2 books now) have sold 113 copies.
They’ve earned about $300.
My $0.99 Montana westerns set in the 1860s have sold 29 copies, earning $10 (just a $0.35 royalty on those).
What I really like is that for 2016 I’ve already sold more books than 2015 and 2014 combined.
I’ve sold 3,383 books this year so far and about 7,600 overall.
Wow, I’m really lucky!
So it was a good month and I got paid on June 29 for the books I sold from April 15 to May 15…or thereabouts.
Despite that nice income…it’s all gone.
Yep, my money is gone and there’s a one big reason for that.
No, it’s not the Brexit…though that did have an affect on my UK sales.
When I’d calculated the exchange rate for my £114.96 a month ago I was set to earn $10.78 more than I actually got a couple days ago.
Not a huge hit.
No, the real hit to my earnings this month was my car.
Recent Car Repairs
You might remember my mentioning my engine light coming on about two or three months ago.
Well, I finally got that looked at and they found out it was a max airflow filter…whatever the hell that is.
Costs a pretty penny, as did the car in general this month.
- Max Airflow Filter: $210
- New Brakes: $300
- New Battery: $110
- Engine Diagnosis: $90
- New Tires: $290
- Car Insurance $250
So that’s $1,240 over the course of the past 4 to 5 weeks.
Like I said, I’m thankful I had the money to get all that stuff done. I’d like to get some money saved up, but I’m moving at the end of July and that’ll take up some cash too.
Oh well, books continue to sell and if I try to keep helping people, I think I’ll be alright.
I find this a much better use than giving it to politicians!
So this month I continued my yearly trend of donating $10 here and there and gave to these charities:
- Lutheran World Relief (87.5% to cause)
- Food for the Poor (96.5%)
- Feed the Children (90.1%)
- Toys for Tots (96.9%)
- Easter Seals (86.1%)
Not a whole lot, just $50. So far I’ve given $270 to charity this year, or about 4% of my total earnings.
Is that good?
I guess I could give more, but since I have no savings of my own, perhaps I shouldn’t.
Really, though, I think things will continue to work out just fine for me.
On the Agenda for July
I’ll probably finish the third volume of the Astoria leg of the Mountain Man Series.
I might finish up this short Montana $0.99 western called “Prickly Pear Canyon,” a direct sequel to Sun River Crossing.
I’ll continue to write about politics and I’ll post on this site most days.
Please keep stopping by.
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So have a good month, and thanks for reading.