As some of you know, I've got a few books for sale on Amazon. At the end of the year, I get a tax statement telling me how much income I earned from these books. I'm awaiting my UK statement, but I got the US statement last night and was personally happy with the number I saw. So I decided to share with my older daughter, who wants to be an author herself.
Me: "Guess how much money your mom earned selling the books I wrote on Amazon?"
Daughter: "Ummmm..... 700?"
Me: "700 dollars?"
Daughter: "No, um.... 700 THOUSAND dollars."
Me: "700 THOUSAND dollars!!!!"
Daughter: "No, I mean... one... thousand. One thousand dollars."
Me: "I earned $24,000."
Daughter: [disappointed] "Oh."
Fine. I didn't earn $700,000 last year. But hey, $24,000 isn't bad. (I did donate a chunk of that money to charity, but that's my choice.) A lot of people rag on me about how self-publishing isn't legit and I should submit my book to a real publisher, but all in all, self-publishing has been good to me. I've probably made maybe $60K total since I started in 2013. And I've given away hundreds of thousands of free copies of my books, which makes me feel like I would never get this kind of visibility if I'd used a traditional publisher.
With all that in mind, I've written a sequel to The Devil Wears Scrubs. Await publication in the spring.