Friday, October 7, 2011

Sucking It Up - But Not Holding My Breath

    Thanks to all of you who took advantage of the sale through Smashwords. I appreciate it.
    I must say that I do have conflicted feelings about placing the book on sale for 99 cents, when it normally downloads for $4.99. Sure, it gets it out there and into the hands of people (or rather, onto their e-readers, which is in their hands), but if I were to continue to sell it at such a reduced price, it would take me into the next millenium to recoup the costs of publication.
    And, what about the paperbacks? Normally retailing at $15.95, Amazon has it available for $9.77. By the time, the royalties pass through the hands of the book distributer, Amazon, and then the publisher, I receive a mere 20% of the already discouted rates. Again, gaining bragging rights will bring me into the next millenium.
    What's a writer to do?
    I am told by successful writers that only approximately 5% of published writers make more than $5,000 a year. That explains why so many writers have full-time jobs. I hope I don't sound defeatist or pessimistic. I am certainly hopeful, happy and proud to be able to call myself a published author.
    So, I will try to hold my breath in the hope that Hollywood offers to make it into a blockbuster, or, at the very least, a Hallmark movie-of-the-week. Because, the next millenium is a long way off and I really don't think I can hold my breath that long. Really.


  1. That's what's so great about the publishing revolution - authors will have more control and get more money for their work.

  2. Lauren,

    I totally understand what you're saying. Full time job is not always an option for all authors/writers...promoting and writing is like two separate full time jobs.

    You hang in there though...I feel sure something will break for you and hopefully the rest of us in the same boat.