20 June 2011

Step 1: Move to Fort Smith

Ideas | David Friedman | Thoughts on the Economics of Self-Publishing

What about the [print on demand] alternative? How to Milk an Almond, Stuff an Egg, and Armor a Turnip: A Thousand Years of Recipes is available on CreateSpace for $9, paying us about $4 in royalties for each copy sold—less for copies sold through Amazon and only about a dollar for any copies sold through brick and mortar stores. As best I can tell it has so far sold about three copies. My guess, from past self-publishing experience within the medieval recreation hobby, is that we can expect to eventually sell a thousand or so into that market, probably over a period of several years. Again a significant amount of money, but nothing close to enough for an author to live on, at least in this part of the world.

Emphasis mine. Makes me think that step one for someone who really wanted to support them self as an author would be to move to Asuncion or Belfast or somewhere else with a low cost of living. Of course this is easier said that done, but I suspect many people would rather live in Brooklyn and complain about how they can't make a living as artists rather than move to Arkansas where there would be a lower hurdle to actually doing so.

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