May 192013

computer womanEarning money with writing and selling your book sounds like a great idea. It’s definitely doable and I am going to give it another go.

Not that I haven’t been earning money with selling my books so far, but the amounts have been, let’s say, more like pocket money, and nowhere near enough to properly live on. Hence my need to earn a ‘respectable’ wage as a receptionist at the town hall.
Now I like to see if I can add a bit to that monthly income, by writing, and hopefully selling, a new series of books. Fiction, this time, but sort-of inspired by the things that happened to me on my travels.

In two weeks time I am going on a three-week holiday. That is to say – I stay at home and do nothing but write. I am looking forward to it very much, and have been gearing up towards it by reading some books about self-publishing (to refresh my memory), looking up categories on Amazon, thinking about a target audience and giving my website a major overhaul.
Moreover, I have started blogging again, which is also writing, so good practise.

My idea is to publish a series of six novellas, each about 20,000 words long, in the next 3-4 years, starting with bringing out the first one in November this year. That is, if I can pull it off to write 20,000 words in three weeks. We will have to wait and see how that pans out.

So far, the following has been established concerning my work in progress.

  • The main character is Emily
  • She lives in a shared house in York


  • Rats are involved
  • Some shady things are going on in the local shopping street
  • There is an agonising bike ride to Appleton-le-Dale (population 117)
  • The church silver is stolen
  • And a protest march is held in the Yorkshire Dales

Fingers crossed it will all work out!

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  4 Responses to “Writing again!”


    Hoi Maria,

    Succes met je nieuwe boeken. Ik het je blog gelezen via google-translate. Ook leuk. Schrijf je de boeken in ‘t Engels, Nederlands of allebei?
    Hoe dan ook, veel plezier ermee!

    Groet, Gonneke


      Badankt Gonneke! Ben benieuwd of google-translate er iets leesbaars van maakte! :)
      De nieuwe serie schrijf ik in het Engels. Dat gaat me nog steeds het beste af. Ook kan ik het dan wereldwijd verkopen.
      Ben nog steeds van plan een boek in het Nederlands uit te brengen over wederopbouwarchitectuur. Komt nog wel. :)


    I wish you good luck! I hope it’ll work out for you, but don’t worry, we know already that you can write.


      Thanks, Yvo! I will do my best. Fiction is quite a bit different than non-fiction, though. I am just as curious as you to find out if it will work! :)

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