Interesting fact to note – I’ve never read any of these guys’ stuff. Just their blogs. Weird, huh?
Anyway, Tobais Buckell recently posted about his sales. Specifically, sales of his short story anthology that he e-published. He wanted to compare what he could earn from e-publishing versus going the traditional route. This coming about, I’m sure, because of the whole thing with Barry Eisler (another author whose work I’ve never read) eschewing the traditional route even though he’s made good money doing it that way, and instead going the e-publishing route.
For Buckell’s experiment, the numbers are quite shocking for someone new to writing like me. Here’s a dude making a living from writing novels. He has an established audience, his work is good (by industry standards), and his name is fairly common among genre fans.
And the numbers are soooo low. The dude made about $380 in one year – on that one book.
Admittedly, we are talking about one book, that is a collection of short stories. Those just are not very popular to begin with, and he didn’t really do any advertising. He was playing around with the pricing, trying to see what price did to his sales. But still, damn. Those are some hard numbers. I make more money than that in a day.
Remind me, why am I doing this?
After reading his post, it is definitely not because of the money.