Income & Expenses: July-August

I’m labeling this one July and August because there were no expenses or income in July, and I didn’t want people to think I forgot a month. So with that out of the way, let’s get started.


I subscribed again to Deposit Photos because I made a decision to write short stories again under a pen name. The goal is to write short fiction in a day and then publish immediately, opening up some time to do it again. I had some leftover images from my last subscription, but they aren’t what I need. So for $1 a photo, I’m signed back up. It’s more expensive than last time, but right now I need to make sure I’m not wasting money. This subscription gets me 10 photos a month, plus more at $1 each, and the unused credits will roll over to the next month as long as I have the subscription. I can do a lot with this no matter what I’m writing, so I did it.

Cover Photos – $10


I earned a bit of money! Not a lot, mind you, but I sold some e-books at Smashwords and they paid up in August. It feels good to have money coming in from my writing, even if it is a small amount.

It’s also a good reminder that if I’m not publishing, there’s no way I’ll be able to earn any money. I published a couple things at the end of July, but then not again until the end of August. I have had notifications of a few more sales from Smashwords, but I haven’t been paid yet. Hopefully in just a couple of weeks.

E-book Sales – $5

Sums Up

Well, I spent more than I earned. That’s not ideal, but okay.

I’ve earned money in March, June, and August. Since I think all the places that sell my books pay monthly, I’m increasing in frequency and that’s a good thing.

Also, in a category I haven’t thought about reporting, I started selling my most recent short story exclusively with Amazon, getting the book into Kindle Unlimited. I get paid for outright purchases of the book, but I also get paid by how many pages of my books are being read. Since there was a little activity already this month, I may report on that next month as well. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully well.

Wish me luck!