When I published my first collection of short fiction, I said I would add up the stats after 30 days. The highlights:
- The book cost me $0 to create. I did every bit of the work myself: writing, editing, page layout, cover design, and art. Ebooks and print-ready PDF, too. I also did the distribution, setting up for a variety of ebook sales, and print via Amazon. I chose methods that didn’t have any up front cost at all. The only thing I paid in advance was $10 a month for the online shopping cart.
- The fiction in the book was worth $462.21–based on a $0.05 per word minimum pro rate for the new writing, and the standard $0.01 minimum reprint rate.
- I published the book on June 28, and calculated income for the end of June/all of July; that’s about 33 days.
- I made a total of $195.31 over that time…
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