In my last post, I said March was my best month ever, but April was even better!
Without further ado…
Official April sales figures:
KU Pages: 262,594
(Equivelent of 855 total sales/full reads)
Amazon.com: $1620.96 USD
Amazon.ca: $18.38 CAD
Amazon.com.au: $40.01 AUD
So yeah, things are looking pretty good from the publishing point of view. That money will land in my bank accounts at the end of June. It’s small fry compared to what a lot of authors I know make, but I’m still pretty stoked that I can pay my rent and all the bills for the month out of that! And still have some leftover!
Real life job:
We got a slight raise this term going from $300/day to $305.40/day.
We had two weeks of school holidays for the first half of April, so no money there, and then I got 5 days work in the second half of April. The first week back is usually a bit slow, and then there was a public holiday in the second week back (teachers get a bit of grief if they call in sick on a day next to a public holiday, or the first day back of term), so I wasn’t overly disappointed with my 2 days/week ($549.80 after-tax) for the first two weeks. It’s ramped up a lot since then, but that’s for May’s re-cap heh.
While I mostly have decent days at work and even enjoy it at times (when I don’t have teenagers with attitude leaking out their rolling eyeballs), I do not want to do this job for more than the next 12 months. It’s a good casual job, and it gives me flexibility, but it’s just so draining and not bringing me any closer to my goals (apart from keeping a roof over my head and food in my belly which is pretty important).
The future – goals and plans:
We’ve decided to shake things up a bit and step out of the rut that life in Melbourne has become. I am ambivalent about my job (it’s not leading anywhere, I don’t want to be a career teacher), my fiance really doesn’t like his much. He had a few days off recently and the change in his mood was very noticeable – he was just so much happier, pleasant, excited, lively and enthusiastic on the days where he didn’t have working hanging over him. Yesterday, his mood plummeted. It was hard to watch. It sucks seeing someone you love so miserable.
Our current Plan A is to move to Japan for a year on the JET Programme. I’d be an Assistant Language Teacher at a Japanese school, and he would do whatever he bloody well wants. It would utterly depend on where we ended up (you can be placed anywhere in Japan from the middle of Tokyo to a remote island that takes a 24-hour ferry ride to get anywhere! – we’re hoping for somewhere in between those extremes heh) as to what he would do, but he’d be able to get permission to work part-time. Or perhaps he’ll study. Or go to jiu-jitsu 3 times a day. I dunno. That’s all in the future! He’s been working so hard for the past 4 years, and been pretty miserable for most of it – he deserves a break.
Most ALTs seem to have a lot of downtime at work and spend a good few hours (at least) of their day desk-warming. Obviously, I would use that time for writing (and studying Japanese) and continue to grow my publishing backlist.
While it would be a step backwards for us financially… well, actually, not backwards, but it’s a step down in income. We’re making over $100k a year between us at the moment, and we’d be going down to just ~$40k. The plan is to just live on my JET income, and not touch our savings, and also to save all of my book income. I’m aiming to have that match my teaching income next year, if not outpace it. The cost of living in Japan (as long as we’re not in the middle of Tokyo) is relatively cheap, and from all accounts, we should be more than fine on just my income for the year. I know a couple who are on the program this year and they’re managing to save a good portion of her income as well. All depends on where we end up. While Tokyo would be a blast, we would prefer somewhere smaller and cheaper. Anyway. Trying not to think about it too much – we wouldn’t even find out until April 2019 if we are going or not, and not until late May 2019 WHERE we are going. Applications are due in November. Interviews in January. It’s a drawn-out process, and no guarantees that I will even be accepted. I think I have a reasonable chance, but you never know.
We both think it will be a great opportunity to reset, have an adventure and really figure out what we want to do/be. We have said we can’t just come back to Melbourne and go back to me CRTing and him working in logistics.
Trying to come up with a feasible Plan B as well if JET doesn’t pan out.
The get out of debt project:
It’s coming along. I’m still on track to be debt free by July (well, apart from HECS). I was debt free for most of my 20s, but stupidly let myself grow a credit card debt the last couple of years, and I owe my Mum $2500. I’m paying her back $1000 at the end of this month (book money!), and then another $1000 the following month, and the final $500 when I get my tax return back. It’s gonna feel bloody fantastic when that debt monster is off my back and I can actually start saving properly again! I love seeing my money grow!