I thought writing was easy, until I tried to do it. From that first kernel of an idea to the last page of proofreading, it’s a struggle.
If you want anyone to read what you’ve written, there are yet more hurdles to jump. Whether you go the self-publishing route or the traditional one, people have to find your book before they can read it.
Let’s say you’ve written an amazing book, you’ve got it on Amazon. Home free, right? You can sit back, watch the money roll into your bank account, ink a movie deal?
Okay, maybe Netflix won’t be calling you, but you can quit your day job, right?
Not so fast.
- 50% of all authors are poor, earning less than the poverty level.
- 80% of all authors earn less than what most people would consider a living wage.
- Self-published authors earn 80% less than traditional published authors.
- 2018 saw the release of 1.68 million self-published titles.
- Statistics taken from an Authors Guild report based on American data.
In the entire history of the written word, it has never been easier to write and publish a book, or harder to make a living at it.
If I was twenty-one, just out of university, these statistics might make me rethink a writing career, but I’m not. Rather than depress the hell out of me, these numbers make me feel better about my not-so-stellar career as a self-publishing author.
1.68 million titles in 2018? The fact that I sold any books at all is a freaking miracle!