So you think you want to write a book? Ever contemplated 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 from their writing.

Yes, some authors do break through… 1.8% of self published authors made over $100,000 from their writing last year, compared with 8.8% of traditionally published authors and 13.2% of hybrid authors.

The study was conducted online in October and November 2013 and gathered a sample of about 9,000 authors of different kinds. Conclusions? Don’t quit your day job.

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  1. It’s the truth. Having said that, there would be no books if authors didn’t write for the love of it. That’s not an uncommon thing in the creative world. O.Henry and Edgar Allen Poe died dirt poor. So did Mozart, Schubert, Van Goh, William Blake and countless other cultural giants. But look what they achieved. Think it’s time for us to stop measuring an author’s success by how much they make rather than their talent. I have every respect for commerce, but long live the arts! Not saying it isn’t wise for an Indie author to keep their day job. Just saying I don’t think making money should be any author or artist’s main focus.

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