How Much Do Self-Publishing Authors Earn?

The cold hard facts…

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So you think you want to write a book? Ever wondered exactly how much self-published authors earn? According to a new study by Digital Book World, the median income range for self-published authors is under $5,000, and nearly 20% of self-published authors report deriving no income to speak of from their writing.

Dana Beth Weinberg wrote a blog about it: “For amateur Argentine dancers, the possibility of making a living out of their tango practice tends to be perceived as a chance to improve their fates. Unlike tango artists, writers may dream of quitting their day jobs, but very few are able to afford to do so, and for many writers, publishing is not even a promising option for supplementing income. In publishing, the diminished role of gatekeepers has meant more opportunity for would-be authors but also more competition to sell books, thereby making it harder…

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