I spend between four and seven hours a day working on my books. Some of that time is spent writing (fun!), some is promoting, networking, social media-ing, etc. (not as much fun), and some is taken up with personal events such as shows and presentations (fun but exhausting).
When I sell an ebook online, I make around $2. A print book from Amazon gives me around $5. A book sold at an event grosses about $8, but nets less depending on my cost for the event (booth fee, travel, meals) to say nothing of my time.
Though I publish independently at little or no cost, I still have to pay my artist and my editor.
For those of you who think writing makes an author rich, unless you hit the bigtime, those riches are mostly the personal and spiritual kind, not the kind that pay the bills.
So next time you get the urge to buy a book from an independent author, do it! You are making their day!
My first time in a limo!
They didn’t stock the bar for us though.