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Writing off the mortgage

Oh dear, I've already resorted to a punning title, let this be a warning of what is to come...

I've been reading MFW diaries for months, finding a lot of inspiration and now I've decided to start my own.

A little about me. I'm a mum of three, the youngest child was born in october so a very busy little household. My husband works full time and I am on maternity leave. We are in the fortunate position of having no debts (although we don't have much in savings) and I would describe us as comfortable, not rich.

Here's where MFW comes in. We have two mortgages, one on our house at around £68k and one on the sort-of-buy-to-let flat at around £50k. The residential mortgage just ticks along, but I would really love to start overpaying the flat. It's on a consent to let deal, which means we pay almost 5% interest - not so good. So any amount extra going into this would help immensely.

How am I going to do this? Here's where the username comes in. For the past few years I have been writing and publishing fiction as an independent author/self publisher. This has earned me a few hundred pounds here and there, but nothing substantial. My plan for going forward is to earn a proper wage through my writing, and use this to overpay the mortgage. What could possibly go wrong! :rotfl:

Anyway, I'll add some more posts with more details as I go, but I wanted to post this to motivate myself to get organised before the end of the year.
Writing earnings goals 2019. jan: 286.41/250, feb: 582/250, mar: 709.71/500, apr: 375.73/500, may 0/500, jun: 0/1000, jul: 0/1000, aug 0/1000, sep: 0/1000, oct: 0/1000, nov: 0/1500, dec: 0/1500
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  • Part_time_writerPart_time_writer Forumite
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    The money part...

    My (very ambitious) aim for 2019 is to make £10k in ebook sales. This is gross, so crucially before taxes (although I shouldn't have to pay too much, more on that later...)

    My back of the envelope maths for how to scale up my earnings to that level is as follows:
    Month Amount
    jan 250
    feb 250
    mar 500
    apr 500
    may 500
    jun 1000
    jul 1000
    aug 1000
    sep 1000
    oct 1000
    nov 1500
    dec 1500

    See, easy peasy!

    The plan is that all this income will come from the books, but if that is looking unlikely I will try and supplement with survey sites and possibly content writing eg. Upwork. To get this sort of money from the books I will probably have to publish a book every second month. Pretty sure that won’t happen, but as I’ve said, I’m nothing if not ambitious.

    Now, as I said, that 10k will not be take home pay. I want to put 25% aside for tax (this will increase as the profits – hopefully – increase too) and 25% to reinvest in business (advertising, covers etc). This leaves 50% as lovely take home money. Of this I would like to put at least 50% to overpay the mortgage.

    Which leaves my overpayment total for 2019 at £2500.

    I've got more details on this, but my eyes are getting sleepy and I've warbled on enough, will post more tomorrow.
    Writing earnings goals 2019. jan: 286.41/250, feb: 582/250, mar: 709.71/500, apr: 375.73/500, may 0/500, jun: 0/1000, jul: 0/1000, aug 0/1000, sep: 0/1000, oct: 0/1000, nov: 0/1500, dec: 0/1500
  • I look forward to reading more!!
  • erin_transporterin_transport Forumite
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    Sounds fascinating
    Good luck to you. Great goal.
    On a mission!

    2018 & 2019 MFW #138

    On babystep2 (#DR)
  • Part_time_writerPart_time_writer Forumite
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    Thanks betterthanever and erin_transport, I'm hoping it'll be a fun ride!

    Today I'm off to a cafe to do some writing, leaving hubs with the three kiddies, hahaha!
    Writing earnings goals 2019. jan: 286.41/250, feb: 582/250, mar: 709.71/500, apr: 375.73/500, may 0/500, jun: 0/1000, jul: 0/1000, aug 0/1000, sep: 0/1000, oct: 0/1000, nov: 0/1500, dec: 0/1500
  • beanieloubeanielou Forumite
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    Happy shiny new diary :)
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~**
    MFW. Finally mortgage free February 2021****
    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
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  • Part_time_writerPart_time_writer Forumite
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    Thanks beanielou!

    Not much done today, a little writing, more procrastinating...
    Writing earnings goals 2019. jan: 286.41/250, feb: 582/250, mar: 709.71/500, apr: 375.73/500, may 0/500, jun: 0/1000, jul: 0/1000, aug 0/1000, sep: 0/1000, oct: 0/1000, nov: 0/1500, dec: 0/1500
  • BegseyBegsey Forumite
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    Today I'm off to a cafe to do some writing, leaving hubs with the three kiddies, hahaha!
    Sign the cafe up to a future profits deal. Once you make it, they will come. Just ask JK.
  • Part_time_writerPart_time_writer Forumite
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    Begsey - the elephant cafe in edinburgh basically trades off the fact that some of harry potter was written there. Not sure Cafe Nero will ever do the same for me!
    Writing earnings goals 2019. jan: 286.41/250, feb: 582/250, mar: 709.71/500, apr: 375.73/500, may 0/500, jun: 0/1000, jul: 0/1000, aug 0/1000, sep: 0/1000, oct: 0/1000, nov: 0/1500, dec: 0/1500
  • Part_time_writerPart_time_writer Forumite
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    A little money update while it's on my mind. My target for January and February is £250 each month, luckily I'm pretty much there already. The reason is that amazon pays 60 days after you earn the money. So my November earnings are my January paycheck, and my December earnings will be paid in February. November I know I earned over £250, and I should do more than that easily in December as I have a bookbub advert for one of my books (these tend to pay nicely).

    That's the good news. The scary news is that my March target of £500 will actually have to be earned in January. I'll have to get my thinking cap on for that one!
    Writing earnings goals 2019. jan: 286.41/250, feb: 582/250, mar: 709.71/500, apr: 375.73/500, may 0/500, jun: 0/1000, jul: 0/1000, aug 0/1000, sep: 0/1000, oct: 0/1000, nov: 0/1500, dec: 0/1500
  • Part_time_writerPart_time_writer Forumite
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    Well, not much writing done in the last few days as hubs got a rather spectacular bout of food poisoning. All better now, thankfully, but christmas will take over for the next few days so won't get much done then either. We've not been very MSE, but the kiddies will have a fab time (and so will I, big child at heart!).

    Next big deadline is to finish a book by the 10th January. Hoping I don't leave it until the last minute, but past experience suggests otherwise!
    Writing earnings goals 2019. jan: 286.41/250, feb: 582/250, mar: 709.71/500, apr: 375.73/500, may 0/500, jun: 0/1000, jul: 0/1000, aug 0/1000, sep: 0/1000, oct: 0/1000, nov: 0/1500, dec: 0/1500
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