Though I've been backed into a corner for quite a while now, I was forced to borrow money from my brother just to be able to feed myself near the end of last month. A few people increased their contributions through my Pat account, but, when it comes down to it, I've been making between 1/4 to 1/3 minimum wage for nearly three years at this point.
I was hoping to earn a bit more through the website, and, while things are going decently well on that end, Google has yet to approve my Adsense account. In other words, I haven't earned a single penny. Instead, the popularity of EPIC on ReadNovelFull has started to tank while my finances tanked a long time ago.
I wrote EPIC for three years at a substantial loss to myself. In total, I earned around $14,000 through various contributions, but, in that same amount of time, I had to spend around $35,000 just to keep myself alive. That's without any health insurance, dental care, or anything. In spite of this, I never let up because I was confident that the community would come out to support me.
No matter how difficult things got over these past three years, I always did my best to output at least a single chapter a day. On most, I posted at least three. In my prime, even six wasn't beyond the realm of possibility. Rather, I was writing an average of 14,000 words a day just to ensure I was reaching the goal I had set for myself.
What most of you may not realize is that writing takes a lot of time and effort. Sure, I may sit at a computer most of the day, but, as a result, my health has declined immensely. On average, I work between 8-10 hours a day with only a single day off. In total, that amounts to around 48-60 hours depending on whether I'm releasing 3-4 chapters a day.
The minimum wage in my area is around $11.50. In other words, an untrained High School dropout can make upwards of $11.50 an hour just working retail at a fast-food restaurant. Due to the recent pandemic, there are some places that are hiring people for even more just to get them to stay.
The thing most people don't know about minimum wage, at least here in the States, is that it is far from enough money to pay rent and support the average person's lifestyle. There are innumerable examples of people having to work multiple jobs just to be able to afford their car payments and insurance. In my case, I've been forced to rely on the kindness of others just to avoid entering the red each month.
Now that I'm supposed to be treating writing as a full-time job, my goal is to, at the very least, earn a minimum wage. If I can't, I will have no choice but to get another job, and, as a result, the amount of time I have to write will decrease exponentially. Thus, from this moment onward, my release rate will depend entirely on the amount of money I've made. After all, no one in their right mind would work upwards of 60 hours a week for free.
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