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Pauline Malkoun

Aspiring Writer/Author Entrepreneur

About Me

I am a former secondary school teacher with a passion for writing engaging stories and non-fiction for children to capture their attention in order to instil a love of reading. By doing this at a young age, they gain the benefit of literacy, one of the most important factors in social mobility and success as an adult.


This website is mainly a place for me to document and track my progress as I amble along on my journey to author entrepreneur.


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This is my way of holding myself accountable on my journey to becoming a fulltime author. I hope that you can learn from my mistakes and make your journey quicker - if that is where you want to go.

Week 164 - 16 June 2024

So this last week actually quite busy. I recorded and edited the podcast episode and have been working pretty hard on putting together a cook book - a thnak you gift for our outgoing CEO - I have to say, I’m quite happy with how it looks. I am going to use it as a sample book of what I can do for potential businesses who need someone to put books together and add that as a service. Despite the long hours, I discovered - or perhaps rather rediscovered how much I enjoy actually compiling and putting books together - perhaps this is what I can do to supplement my income. Servicing businesses is a good idea - perhaps I will need to rebrand slightly or create another brand - something to think about anyway.


I also started writing the next Monicow story - I am halfway through it - so this week apart from finishing it (this will be the podcast story for Saturday 29 June. I need to record and edit this weeks story - hopefully early this week. I would like to be a little more ahead than half a story - so this is something I will look at as the holidays approach and perhaps get a few stories written.


I managed to finish a small academic job this week - but I really need to make a move on some of the other jobs - deadlines are fast approaching. Overall, I am feeling more positive this week - with lower expectations it’s much harder to be disappointed!


I hope you have a happy and productive week.


Goals Updated below.


Goals for this month (and beyond):

1. Building a subscriber list for a customer focused newsletter - Well see how the podcast goes, in progress, a few more followers gained

2. Christmas Traditions from around the world - waiting quietly for attention, maybe for Christmas 2024

3. Sneaky Puss Goes Exploring 2nd Edition – waiting patiently

4. Writing!!

5. Recording and editing the Podcast


Week 163 - 9 June 2024

I am feeling much more like myself this week - still a little nasal, but apart from that, pretty good. I finished a story, recorded it and uploaded it for the podcast this week. Next weeks story is pretty much ready to go - I will take a final look and record it early this week - I have also started working on next weeks story. I seem to gained another few listeners and even got an email from a service provider for emails because apparently at 8 episodes released I have released more podcasts than most others who give podcasting a go. I can see why people give up on it - it is quite demanding on your time. I will need to thinhk about how I can make it more sustainable - I would need to write a story a week, and some weeks that is going to be very hard - like fore example in September and October when I know there will be a lot of other I work I will need to do. I really need to get a few stories in the bank.


I entered the Furious Fiction June competetion this week as well - I modified one of the Monicow stories I had already written. We’ll see how that goes.


I took a look at the Amazon stats - and it seems my books are getting a few clicks, but no sales - I have stopped the YA advertisement - I really have almost given up altogether trying to make a go of this as business and am exploring other employment opportunities. I enjoy writing, so I’ll keep at it, but it will be more for the pleasure of it, instead of trying to make a viable business from it.


I have some acedemic writing to do, so I’ll also make a start on that this week inbetween everything else.


I hope you have a happy and productive week.


Goals Updated below.


Goals for this month (and beyond):

1. Building a subscriber list for a customer focused newsletter - Well see how the podcast goes, in progress, a few more followers gained

2. Christmas Traditions from around the world - waiting quietly for attention, maybe for Christmas 2024

3. Sneaky Puss Goes Exploring 2nd Edition – waiting patiently

4. Writing!!

5. Recording and editing the Podcast - episode 8 dropped - stories for episodes 9 ready for recording.

6. Advertising on Amazon - German space facts - increased daily spend to 5 euro - am considering adding ads to other markets as they are costing me nothing (and doing nothing for my business at the moment) YA now with ad campaign - no sales yet - a few impressions no sales - advertisement paused

Week 162 - 2 June 2024

It’s been another week of recovery, so not much work of any kind done. But, I am definitely over the worst of it now and feeling better. I did manage to very nasally record the podcast episode for this week and finally finished writing Monicow 5. I also edited 2 other stories - so I can record them in the coming weeks. I did want to record all 3 stories I had ready but, I am hoping to not sound nasal when I record them so I decided to wait.

I haven’t checked the Amazon stats this week. I don’t really want to - I don’t expect any changes. I really am feeling disheartened by it all. I will continue to write stories and see how the podcast goes - but I certainly don’t have any expectations of this becoming a viable business. You never know though, someone with some influence may pick up one of my books one day. I think that is it for the week.


I hope you have a happy and productive week.


Goals Updated below.


Goals for this month (and beyond):

1. Building a subscriber list for a customer focused newsletter - Well see how the podcast goes, in progress, a few more followers gained

2. Christmas Traditions from around the world - waiting quietly for attention, maybe for Christmas 2024

3. Sneaky Puss Goes Exploring 2nd Edition – waiting patiently

4. Writing!!

5. Recording and editing the Podcast - episode 7 dropped - stories for episodes 8 & 9 ready for recording.

6. Advertising on Amazon - German space facts - increased daily spend to 5 euro - am considering adding ads to other markets as they are costing me nothing (and doing nothing for my business at the moment) YA now with ad campaign - no sales yet

Week 161 - 26 May 2024

Well, just as I recovered from last weeks virus, I managed to acquire another one - this time it was COVID - so I have not been able to do much this week either. I did however resign from my position as ALLI Ambassador - I just cannot commit the time the role needs and additionally I am still feeling pretty disillusioned with the whole book business, so perhaps I am not really suitable for it right now.


I did not receive a single response to my email to past customers. I really am starting from scratch - it doesn’t seem like anything I do is having any real impact on my author business. I will be stuck at home for a couple of days because of COVID, and to be honest, I’m feeling ok - so that gives me the opportunity to spend some time working on a few things. I want to finish the Monicow story and start recording the next lot of episodes for the podcast - once this story is done, there are four in total to be recorded. If I can write 2 more stories, that will be another 6 stories - yesterday the last story pre-recorded dropped so I have to record at least one this week.



My YA ad has had almost 7000 impressions, no more clicks or sales. No change at all for the German edition of Random Space Facts on Amazon Germany. Not much happening on the YouTube Channel either. I think that is it for the week.


I hope you have a happy and productive week.


Goals Updated below.


Goals for this month (and beyond):

1. Building a subscriber list for a customer focused newsletter - Well see how the podcast goes, in progress, a few more followers gained

2. Christmas Traditions from around the world - waiting quietly for attention, maybe for Christmas 2024

3. Sneaky Puss Goes Exploring 2nd Edition – waiting patiently

4. Writing!!

5. Recording and editing the Podcast - first 6 episodes and trailer uploaded - trailer released first 6 episodes scheduled for release on Saturdays for the next 6 weeks. another 3 stories drafted - and 1 half written

6. Advertising on Amazon - German space facts - increased daily spend to 5 euro - am considering adding ads to other markets as they are costing me nothing (and doing nothing for my business at the moment) YA now with ad campaign - no sales yet

Week 160 - 19 May 2024

Despite being so sick this week, I lost my voice for the first time ever, I feel I have been a little productive both on my author business and academic writing as well. When you literally can’t talk, there is not a real lot you can do to interact with others apart from through writing and that time you would have been working can be filled with other things - like work! So, this week, I finalised an email to reconnect with my past customers and even sent them. All up it was about 20 customers, 2 bounced back - so that is not bad - now I wait for the orders (I hope).


I am still working on a new Monicow story, though I did re-read the opening chapters and edit them slightly and finally figured out how to move the story along - I think I was a little stuck. I also completed some academic writing that was not urgent but would have needed doing next month, but since I couldn’t talk, I thought I could use the time I had now and ease a little of the stress to come.


My YA ad has had almost 5800 impressions, a few clicks - which I have paid for, and zero sales. I’ll see how it goes for a few weeks and reassess - maybe the sales page needs work and maybe I should create an ad for the UK market. I don’t know, it all seems like the luck of the draw whether you actually make sales or not. I think that about covers my week.


I hope you have a happy and productive week.


Goals Updated below.


Goals for this month (and beyond):

1. Building a subscriber list for a customer focused newsletter - Well see how the podcast goes, in progress, a few more followers gained

2. Christmas Traditions from around the world - waiting quietly for attention, maybe for Christmas 2024

3. Sneaky Puss Goes Exploring 2nd Edition – waiting patiently

4. Writing!!

5. Recording and editing the Podcast - first 6 episodes and trailer uploaded - trailer released first 6 episodes scheduled for release on Saturdays for the next 6 weeks. another 3 stories drafted - and 1 half written

6. Advertising on Amazon - German space facts - increased daily spend to 5 euro - am considering adding ads to other markets as they are costing me nothing (and doing nothing for my business at the moment) YA now with ad campaign - no sales yet

Pauline Malkoun

I would love to hear from you. Reach me via email at: pauline@paulinemalkoun.com