Thursday, February 2, 2017

Revenue

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.

16 comments:

  1. You've given away hundreds of thousands of free copies? Just curious how much did that cost? Or is that already netted out of your $60K.

    Either way, sounds like a nice hobby!

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    1. It's free because they are kindle copies.

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  2. Hey, there are a lot of would-be professional authors that would be elated to make 24000 in a year from writing. Isaac Asimov, who was hugely prolific in his day, once said that his main advice to anyone who wanted to be a writer was, "don't quit your day job."

    Also, since your post made me curious--according to the DHHS, the poverty threshold for a family of 4 in 2017 is 24,600. For a family of 3, it's 20,420. Those numbers seem extremely low to me... but as a comparison point, it says something.

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    1. So my husband and I could quit our jobs and live in poverty :)

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    2. Some of us are able to live in poverty without quitting our jobs. What a country!

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  3. 24K is not exactly pocket change. When do you find time to write Fizzy when you are a practicing physician, wife, and mother?

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    1. Everyone is able to find time for the things they really enjoy.

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  4. I think it's great!

    When people have kindle unlimited you don't receive anything for your books?

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    1. I get about half a cent per page read.

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  5. That is terrific! I can't wait for the sequel!

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  6. Go Fizzy!!!

    PS Screw whoever said self publishing isn't legit. Enjoy what you do.

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  7. I am excited about the sequel too! I've had it in my head for ages, and I didn't think I'd be able to write it. I hope I don't disappoint fans of the original.

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  8. Well done on your success! I wouldn't turn down $24 000

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  9. I will have to see about buying your books. I struggle to buy books because I am poor and I have a hard time spending 15 dollars on a book I will read once. That's why I have a library card. But if the books are reasonable and I can download them to my computer or 6 year old android phone without having to have a kindle then I'll go for it.

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  10. Any chance we'll get a sequel to Brain Damage? I'd so love to see where you'd take that? I hope you & your family are having a nice weekend.

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