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Author Financials

Have you ever wondered how much authors actually make writing books? While it varies, wildly, on experience, genre, marketing ability, quality of work, and number of published books, I can answer definitively for one person - me.

I don't open the financial doors for everyone, but I wanted to share my journey with you, my loyal subscribers. I think that the information might surprise you. Some of you will wonder why in the hell I would continue to work and work at something that, after nearly 15 years, still hasn't shown me a tangible financial profit. Others may find yourself in my shoes, looking out (which is, if I am to be honest, my main reason for doing this - with understanding, compassion often follows) and understanding the struggles of a writer better. 

I'm also doing this for me. A summary, if you will, of where I've been, where I'm going, and hopefully some lessons learned along the way. I'm a writer, I'm hopeless at working in an office for someone else, and aside from managing my short-term rentals, and marching my little family about on various projects and more, I'm kind of hopeless for anything else.

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2017 Financial Summary

I started really keeping records in 2017. And they were pretty basic. Okay, real basic. So here goes:

Total # of Books Sold: unknown

Total Income from Book Sales: $308.53

Total Expenses for Year: $163.61

Net Income/Loss for Year: $144.92 (profit)

2018 Financial Summary

This year gets a lot better. Why? I'm not sure. LOL. And considering it was without advertising, it would be great to know WHY I did so much better!

Total # of Books Sold: 609

Total Income from Book Sales: $ 2,420.40

Total Expenses for Year: $1,499.09

Net Income/Loss for Year: $921.31 (profit)

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2019 Financial Summary

In 2019, I published Hired Gun, my 7th book. I was exclusive with Amazon, but becoming disillusioned with keeping all of my books in one place. I also tried (and failed) with Amazon ads.

Total # of books sold: 865

Total Income from book sales: $2,553.60

Total Expenses for Year: $4,779.64

Net Income/Loss for Year: $2,246.04 (loss)

2020 Financial Summary

The next year gets a lot better. Why? I'm not sure. LOL. And considering it was without advertising, it would be great to know WHY I did so much better!

Total # of Books Sold: 609

Total Income from Book Sales: $ 2,420.40

Total Expenses for Year: $1,499.09

Net Income/Loss for Year: $921.31 (profit)

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2021 Financial Summary

I started really keeping records in 2017. And they were pretty basic. Okay, real basic. So here goes:

Total # of Books Sold: unknown

Total Income from Book Sales: $308.53

Total Expenses for Year: $163.61

Net Income/Loss for Year: $144.92 profit

2022 Financial Summary

The next year gets a lot better. Why? I'm not sure. LOL. And considering it was without advertising, it would be great to know WHY I did so much better!

Total # of Books Sold: 2,093

Total Income from Book Sales: $ 3987.28

Total Expenses for Year: $1,499.09

Net Income/Loss for Year: $921.31 (profit)

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