My First $100 for My Small Press

Diaries of a Small Press, Part One

On November 3, 2019, I started a small business. To be very specific, I started a small, entertainment business selling evergreen digital products.

Plainly stated: Books. I launched a small press to publish and sell books.

Currently, my small press, Pilgrim Fowl Press, has one product: A Christmas Rideshare by Lily Dae.

Since releasing this book in November, it has earned $99.38. Mere inches from its first $100!

What Does This Mean For Me?

This first nearly $100 is proof of concept for me. I’ve been studying publishing and watching it change for the last ten years. I’ve been in publishing as an author and publisher before (independent), so the hours I put in have not been wasted.

Most importantly, it means the book I produced found its audience and made people happy! Not everyone who read it loved it I’m sure, but those who have loved it have reached out. That’s much more than I ever expected!

Businesswise — money is the motivation to publish more and often as the business appears to be viable.

Personally — knowing people were entertained and were joyful while reading a book that I put out in the world is the motivation to publish more and often.

What Does This Mean For You?

It means you can start a business with only one product or service to provide.

It means whatever you’ve been spending your time learning over the years may be something you should share with the world.

Will it make you millions? Not at first, but you don’t need to make millions out of the gate.

If my book earned nothing, I would still write, I would still publish, and I would still pursue publishing. I love it. Why would stop?

Knowing other people like and love what I am doing just fuels the fire.

So, what is your writing? What is your publishing?

Try putting something out there. Who knows; I might be reading your blog post about how you started your small business and made $100 in your first month or two soon!

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Barbara Burgess is a writer which is made apparent by the text in this box and the box above. She is best known for being a multi-genre/multi-writing voice author who throws caution to the wind when describing her writing career - "Oh, I write children's books, holiday romance, and sci-fi. Why? What do you do? Just one thing?" In addition to being a writer of all the things, she is the founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press and a writing facilitator bringing permission to write to the masses via Skillshare and Udemy. The only social media she frequents is Instagram (@hellothisisbarbara). Her desert island movie is Stargate (the original with James Spader), and she has been taking daily mug shots of her morning coffee since before Instagram was even a thing.

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