I’m Back on the Job Market, but Still Making Books

Costa Rica Punta Uva

Hiking in Punta Uva, Costa Rica

Book sales are slower than I’d hoped, and it’s making me nervous. As much as I hate to admit it, it’s time to jump back into the job market for another engineering job. For the past 15 months we’ve been eating into our savings. I told myself if the books didn’t sell quickly this month, I’d face that reality and find a job to get us through.

I’m not giving up on Brothers Whim. Quite the opposite. I’m in it for the long haul, which is precisely why I need a job. It may take years to build a large enough audience to make money. If it does, so be it. I’ll chug onward and upward because I believe in open publishing and great books.

Yesterday I updated my LinkedIn profile in preparation for the job hunt. A lot of mixed feelings doing that. On the one hand, I was bummed. I had failed. My attempt at a travel blog had only generated around$1,000, and monthly revenue had dried up. My attempts at a children’s YouTube channel had generated around $500, still bringing in a steady $40 per month. My attempts at children’s book publishing had just cost me $6,000, but after 2 weeks I had only $500 to show for it. Not very sustainable, unless you’re congress, which I’m not.

So yeah, I was bummed. I had failed. No doubt about it. But it wasn’t all bad. As I typed away on my LinkedIn profile, I had to admit that I had failed in style. I published a children’s book. I moved to Costa Rica and spoke Spanish. I lived among new cultures and friends that changed me as only that kind of vulnerability can. I learned web design, video, and photography and documented moments that have enriched us deeply as a family. I’ll have these moments forever. They’re a part of me now, and that’s pretty cool. It has been a good year.

I’m excited for what this next year might bring! Are you?

If you’re feeling sorry for me, you really don’t need to. I promise. I wouldn’t change a thing.

If you’re not feeling sorry for me, aren’t you human? Just kidding. But seriously, you can buy my books.


2 Responses to I’m Back on the Job Market, but Still Making Books

  1. Rick January 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    Good stuff man. Coming to a crossroads much like yourself. Got a 5 yr old boy and 3 yr old girl. Getting sick of the grind, and want to spend more time with the family. Right now, considering Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and possibly Ecuador. Just started, but the more stories I read, the closer I get to committing. The hardest part is figuring out if it will be better or worse for the kids, in the short and long term – leaving friends, possibly not saving for their college, etc.

    • Spencer Hanson January 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Yeah, for sure there’s a lot hanging in the balance. We were worried it was hard on our boys. But a few days ago Zack surprised us by saying he really wanted to move back to Costa Rica :).

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