There are a couple myths about writers that go around. 1 – All writers are starving artists and 2 – all writers are millionaires. To combat these myths with actual facts, some authors, like Jim C. Hines, have been disclosing the amount of money they have been making from their writing.
In the interest of science, I also want to provide a peek into my books to show what my experience has been, and what I have learned from it.
- Infant Insomnia – short story – $.99 – published January 2014.
- Curelom Riders – flash fiction – free – published July 2014
- The Best of the Rice of Life – cookbook – $3.99 e-book $9.99 print – published September 2014
Number Copies Sold/Downloaded 2014
- Infant Insomnia – 30
- Curelom Riders – 466
- The Best of the Rice of Life – 24
Net Monies Earned 2012 – 2014
- Infant Insomnia – 2013: -$6, 2014: 8.25, Total: $2.25
- The Best of the Rice of Life – $55.35
- Sarimanok Feather – -$1.61 (mail submission)
- blog (Amazon affiliate link) – 2012: $11.99, 2013: $.58, 2014: $14.05, Total: $26.62
For a first year of publishing, with pretty much 0 marketing, I think this is par for the course. I haven’t done much marketing mostly because the gains right now are so little with short stories. And with my son outgrowing his allergies, I haven’t felt a need to connect with that niche community as much.
I guess you could say I am now 3 years in on the 10 year path to being an overnight success. Better keep working!