I want to start writing more to this blog, and more personal stuff. After 25 years I am still coming to terms with this crazy lifestyle called “being an entrepreneur”. Yikes.
I spent all of October working intensively on my Magnum Opus, the WordPress Business Encyclopedia. In just 30 days I have changed my publishing platform and put my content out to all the major markets – and I do mean pretty well all of them. I have books on Kindle, Apps on Android, and others in the publishing queue that will be going into iBookstore, Barnes & Noble Nook, and iPad/iOS apps as well. It has truly been an extraordinary journey, and indicative of massive changes in the self-publishing landscape. I mean… here I am, little-old-me running my tiny business from my bedroom, working this crazy dream of creating the ultimate WordPress & Web Technology help manual… and perhaps even succeeding at it… while pioneering advances in self-publishing and instructional technology (I made the world’s first “help doc” for WordPress, I have one of the first “video ebooks”, I am the first to publish an app from my particular help authoring software, etc.) It is all quite unbelievable. And exhilarating.
And then a few days ago, after 30 days of round-the-clock, borderline-manic work – it was all over (at least the first phase, which is the platform). I had no sales and was wondering: “What the f___?”. Am I being completely deluded in thinking that this is good – that anybody will actually buy it?
Which self-doubt was not improved by the fact that the upcoming month is looking a bit dry. I raised $7000 in August/September from crowd-funding WP Encyclopedia (yes this is “better than a stick in the eye”)… and that money is gone.
But hope springs eternal in the entrepreneur’s breast. I am banking on a very large JV [Joint Venture list promotion] that is booked later this week (my biggest one since May 2012); and I am hopeful that my idea of permanent crowd-funding will work. I am not just innovating in instructional technology, I am innovating in business development. The permanent crowd-funding is my idea too [Ok granted it’s just a sale in disguise but there is a feel-good quality to it that resonates with me. Whether it will resonate for anyone else is yet unknown]
Just another month in the life of the entrepreneur.
Anyway when this all came down I was feeling seriously sorry for myself for a bit, but I seem to have bounced back [Halleluja]. It’s hard to say what happened exactly, I think I just kind of accepted my destiny, made peace with myself and stopped wishing I had a “real job”. This project is coming onto four years now and it would just be too stupid to quit right now (possibly right before my greatest triumph). I just need to move into the next phase, which is 6 months of content development, and hope to stay happy for the time. And alive.
PS: Update 11/5: I made a few Kindle sales overnight – Yay! – and Google also reporting a few downloads of my free apps, oh happy happy day