Wrapping Up Shadows, Monetizing YouTube, ...

Wrapping Up Shadows, Monetizing YouTube, and Megan Grant!

May 10, 2024

All kinds of awesomeness were going on this week, both good and bad. Nonetheless, May is shaping up to be a pretty good month. That is as long as I can keep the momentum. And given how stressed I've been over the past few months, that's easier said than done. Still, I'm not one to give up, especially as I can see so many good things on the horizon. I just need to go over a few hills to get there.

It's a path that I continue to walk regardless of how many sinkholes and washouts occur. There's always a way from point A to point B. It's just a matter of finding it.

Just Days Away from Finishing Shadows

As of this morning, I am just 7,307 words away from finishing the first draft of Shadows of Atlantic City. Although I am a bit disappointed that it took me this long to write, I am still quite proud that this is the third book I've completely written.

Out of the hundreds of novels I've started and never finished.

After publishing A Freelancer's Tale, I've looked at my writing in a whole different light. I no longer have the same fear that "it sucks," or that no one will want to read it. Even though I haven't sold many copies, it was still a testament to myself that I can, indeed, finish something I started. And in the grand scheme of things, that did more good for me than if it were to hit a best-seller list.

Success isn't always about how much money you make or how popular you become on social media. Sometimes, it takes the form of boosting self-confidence and improving esteem. That, mixed with a determination to keep going, is the foundation of success.

Next Steps After the First Draft

So, what happens over the next few days when I wrap up the first draft? Well, I'm going to take four weeks off before diving into actual editing. That way, the book will be fresh when I start reading through it again. Not to mention that it's good to take four to six weeks off before editing anyway.

During that time, I am going to keep up with the writing sprints on YouTube while finishing Fury, the sequel to Kingmaker. I'm nearly 40,000 words into that book already, so I might have the first draft of it done before I start editing Shadows. That's really exciting considering more people are anticipating Fury than anything else I'm writing, and that includes me.

Also, members of Buy Me a Coffee get to beta-read the first draft of Shadows before I start editing. It's a fun member perk as they will be able to read the first draft and then compare it to the finished version when I send them an autographed copy of the book. In fact, they helped me add 12,000 words to Kingmaker and turn it into a much better story. I'm really looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say about Shadows of Atlantic City and Fury.

Almost to First Stage of Monetizing YouTube

Thanks to the live writing sprints and a few videos taking off (six months after they were uploaded), I am a week or two away from hitting 3,000 hours of watch time over a 12-month period. That means I can start monetizing the YouTube channel with memberships, super chats, and connecting a store. I'm not sure how much that'll generate in terms of revenue, but it's kind of cool that the channel has picked up the pace a bit.

I still won't be able to earn ad revenue until I hit the illustrious 4,000 hours of watch time. But at this rate, it won't be long until that's an option as well. According to my spreadsheet (because I'm a dork), I should qualify for the YouTube Partner Program by the end of November. That is unless the writing sprints gather more viewers and I upload a few videos that garner some attention.

It's the reviews and tutorials that bring in the most viewers. Unfortunately, I haven't tested much lately as I've been trying to finish writing my book. However, I do plan on diving into a few videos for Atticus and Autocrit as I progress through publishing Shadows of Atlantic City.

In fact, I'm creating a playlist dedicated to how and what I'm doing to publish Shadows.

Megan Grant On After Hours!

Megan Grant has agreed to be on After Hours on the 20th. Megan is a dear friend of mine, and it's been a while since she was on the show. Since then, she has changed a lot and has made some big moves in her career as a freelancer/business owner. I'm looking forward to talking with her about what she has done and making the shift from one path to another.

That'll be the theme for the night, actually - change and evolution of a writer.

It's sure to be a great evening, so be sure to follow me on social media or subscribe to the YouTube channel. The live interview will be on the 20th at 7:00 pm MTN (9:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm PST).

Keeping the Blogs Alive - Ish

Even though I've been working hard to build up the YouTube channel this month, I would still like to get the blogs to where they were before Google tried flushing them down the toilet. It's such a pain in the ass to adhere to every little element of the search engine, but I love challenges.

They are still generating enough in ad revenue each month to pay for themselves. I was just hoping to get a bit more so I could dump it into new products and services to review. It's hard to pay for a monthly subscription to Ahrefs or Semrush if I'm only generating $0.35 per day. At one point, WriterSanctuary itself was generating close to $80 per month. Then Google pulled the rug out from under me.

Anyway, I have a few ideas that might help and will hopefully start getting those going next week. We'll have to see how everything unfolds, though. My priority at the moment is to finish writing Shadows.

Let's Keep it Going!

May is looking great, overall. I'm a tad behind on some of my goals for the month, but a lot of things are opening up in the next couple of weeks. The trick is to keep the momentum going...which is increasingly difficult as I get older and more stressed out.

Nonetheless, I never give up.

There is a lot left to do and I have no intention of leaving loose ends flapping around in the wind.

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