From author Kameron Hurley:
In my continuing series related to what I actually make writing fiction every year
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Book payments, royalties, foreign sales, film $1,600 Self pub royalties $167 Short story reprint sales $1,750 Patreon $29,179 TOTAL $47,096
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I tell writers often to “diversify your income streams” and this is why. Some years royalties and book payments and foreign sales are better than others. There is more income that will show up on my actual taxes, including Amazon affiliates and Paypal donations, but I didn’t include those here (just as I didn’t include day job income) because I want this to be limited exclusively to writing income.
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Patreon Saves the Day (But Don’t Count On It)
Patreon has been a godsend this last year, as I’ve been producing a short story every month, instead of every other month or so as I did last year. That said, the shitstorm at Patreon at the end of last year when they were going to up their fees by 40% for folks at the $1 tiers saw me bleeding fans from the platform. That experience reminded me again that this income – though provided by a large pool of 750+ fans, is still reliant on a third party system that could implode and fuck everything at any time.
Self-Pub Isn’t a Magic Bullet
As you can see, I don’t make much money in self-pub beyond Patreon. When I state this, many folks who make lots more there just tell me I’m doing it wrong, and hey! Maybe so. But it’s not where I put most of my time. Self-pub sales primarily come from one-off fiction shorts and collections, not novels. I like to include this revenue here, though, to point out that yes, I do self-publish some stuff, and yeah, no, it’s not a cure-all moneymaking scheme.
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