Status Report: Here Is Us, On The Raggedy Edge

Submitted by C B Wright on
Still (and article title) taken from the movie Serenity. Browncoats unite!

A not particularly pleasant update:

You may be wondering where I've been for the last two months. Issue 26 of Curveball was supposed to come out in September, after all, and here it is almost the end of October and it's turning into another round of "will he or won't he" terms of getting everything ready on time. Well I haven't forgotten or abandoned any of you, but the non-digital world has been very demanding of late.

In August the long-term contract I was working ended. I have been looking for work ever since, but apparently I haven't been looking very well because so far nothing's come of it. I had two strong possibilities: one didn't work out, one is still a possibility but I'm waiting to hear. In the meantime I'm not resting on my laurels, but I'm also not making a whole lot of progress.

At some point very soon I'm going to completely run out of money, and I have no idea what will happen if I get there. I'll be frank, trying to plan for that is terrifying. I don't know precisely what will happen next, and I'm not really looking forward to finding out.

It is an unfortunate but simple truth that so far in my creative career I've depended on my day job to support everything I do here. I don't have that support at the moment, and I'm not suddenly going to become an overnight online success, so my efforts may be even more erratic than they were. I know that's hard to believe, but think of it as me having been preparing you all for this moment for the last twenty years. Heh.

I'm going to try to make sure my Patreon subscribers stay fed in terms of content, because they're paying for it. Eventually it'll come back here, wherever "here" is. If I don't have steady income by the time I have to renew this domain, well, I'll navigate that chasm when I come to it.

And it may be that something will break in my favor very soon, and we'll tough out the month, and everything will be OK. If that happens, then this will be a somewhat embarassing artifact of an unpleasant couple of months, and that's the end of it. However, since many of you have invested time (and in the case of Patreon subscribers, and people who have donated and purchased my ebooks, money) in my work, I felt I owed you heads up.

As I know more, I'll tell you more.

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Hang in there, and take care

Hang in there, and take care of your family first and foremost.
Then focus on keeping your own balance. Easy advice to give, and much harder to do - being between jobs always freaked me out, but it got easier after the first time.

The website can probably be approximated with a free WordPress site and DropBox or something along those lines.

Take care, and best wishes.

It's not actually hosting

It's not actually hosting that's an issue right now, it's more some of the other stuff surrounding it. But thanks for the offer. :)

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Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

Good luck, hope you find a

Good luck, hope you find a new and better job soon!

Put up a PayPal Donate button

Put up a PayPal Donate button and I'll kick in $20 towards Chapter 26 of Curveball
If a few others do the same then tt should help a little.

By your command!

By your command!

--
Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

Well, now that you put up

Well, now that you put up that Donate button, I ended up buying the two Curveball ebooks on Amazon (.ca for me) instead of just donating. Still, I hope others will donate as they can, and I may add some $ there in the future.

Keep up the good work!

P.S.: I just heard from Clint Hollingsworth (known for this "Wandering ones" stories and site as well as other stuff) that you two were once members of Keenspot and knew of each other's work. In a recent Email exchange, he indicated that for him, Amazon is the winning platform. Quoting him verbatim:

"(Amazon) that's the only place I'm currently selling through. I tried going on the other platforms and hardly sold anything. Now I make more on Kindle Unlimited "borrows" than I did in 6 months on Kobo, Ibooks Nook and all the others"

Is your experience with the various selling platforms significantly different from his?

No, not really. I get a few

No, not really. I get a few sales here and there, but it's negligible. There are people who do much better on other platforms. I'm not one of them, it seems.

The difference is drastic enough that I've considered pulling my material from every other channel just so I can take advantage of the perks that come with exclusivity. Unfortunately if I did that I would also have to pull my content from this site and from Patreon, and I'm not willing to do that.

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Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.