I'm author Mindy McGinnis. In 2010 I signed with a literary agent after having spent ten years in the query trenches. Many of the mistakes I made during my path to publication were easily avoided, and I could have been published much more quickly if I'd done the necessary research. After learning the ropes through a large and scattered network of writer sites, blogs, and forums, I finally found a measure of success.
I started the blog Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire
shortly after landing my first book deal. I decided to pay it forward by hosting a blog where I asked published and agented authors all the questions I'd had when I was aspiring.
The blog has been regularly updated for seven years now, taking a lot of my time and attention, with no monetary return. Often I have thought it was time for me to hang it up, but whenever the thought crossed my mind I would get an email from a follower who let me know how the blog had helped them on their publishing journey.
In 2017 I decided that if the blog was going to keep existing it also needed to grow and offer my followers something new. The Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire podcast
came from that idea.
I have been broacasting weekly since March of 2017. With 40+ episodes aired, over 1200 followers and almost 10k downloads, I can call the podcast a success.
It is however, not a monetary success.
Costwise, I pay $108 for hosting and $240 for recording software. These are revolving costs, and while not high, the real expense comes from the time involved.
This is a one-woman show. I set up interviews, record, edit, and go through post-production with each episode. I'm putting in anywhere from 5 to 8 hours with each epsiode.
Weekly episodes means I'm putting nearly 400 hours each year into the podcast. That's something I can't maintain in 2018 without compensation for my time.
If the blog or podcast have been of any assistance to you in your writing life, I would very much appreciate monetary support so that I can continue to produce them.