Sunday, February 9, 2014

Author Incomes - Aspiring vs. Self-Published vs. Traditionally Published vs. Hybrid

Here's an interesting survey by Digital Book World on the Annual Writing Income by Author Type:
from the People Who Write Blog

I find this interesting not because it shows how most authors don't make even a thousand bucks a year (that's not really a surprise), but because it suggests that going for a hybrid of self-publishing and traditional publishing seems to be the most lucrative approach to writing. I thought traditional publishing was still the best bet in regard to the amount of money earned. But it seems mixing it up literally pays off. 

Just some food for thought.


  1. Hmm, I wonder what a hybrid model would look like in real life? Are these people who self-publish (a book) and then accept deals with publishers to continue publishing that same book?

  2. I think in most cases it's different books, or self-publishing short stories, for example. Ilona Andrews and Chuck Wendig do it, and they've written about the benefits on their blogs. From what I've learned, self-published books don't usually get picked up by a publisher unless they're really successful - like 50 Shades of Grey successful.