A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to enjoy an experience that few writers get in their professional lives, I made real money from my work. It’s not the first time I’ve sold writing, that was my short story Gathering Senses a few years ago, but it’s the most I’ve made from a single piece of work.
I’ve been selling How to Meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 for a while now and chalking up a few sales each month. It’s a non-fiction book that explains how websites can be made to work better for people with disabilities. It’s an important issue and one I feel strongly about. I’ve supported the book with a series of blog posts and various resources deigned to get traffic to the sales website. On May 9th I was able to help support something called Global Accessibility Awareness Day by dropping the price of the book to $1. The resulting kindness of people on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook saw over 100 sales at $1 and several more since the discount ended.
Seeing that money in my PayPal account made me feel like a writer again, something that I’ve lost track of in the past year. I’ve been working hard on loads of projects but spent little time writing single pieces that might sell. I was over the moon with the small success I had earned and returned to writing immediately.
I’ve since worked on a new short story, which I hope to finish and send out to some early readers this week.