Self-Publishing Is More Than Simply Fiction

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Make More Money from Writing

Self-publishing is more than ebooks. There are other ways to make money from your writing.

For many, self-publishing is more about writing fiction, then publishing on Amazon, Kindle, Smashwords or Draft2Digital.

Of course, there is also a lot of non-fiction self-publishing too, such as self-help books, memoirs and biographies.

So much has been written about self-publishing, both positive and negative, that it would seem that these categories are the definitive areas of self-publishing.


There are more ways to make money from writing

However, there is another facet to self-publishing that does not involve any of these elements and is seemingly ignored as a very real part of self-publishing.

If the definition of self-publishing is to write and publish on your own, without a contracted publisher, then blogging should really be included as a logical segment of this new and expanding business.

In my case, I write fiction and I have a couple of blogs. Both of these activities are connected, and from them, I make money. So for me, self-publishing is more than only one route.

While trying to get on Amazon’s best-seller lists is the way to make money from fiction, it is a very tough assignment, and few writers succeed. As any writer who is self-publishing fiction knows, making a livable income from fiction is probably fiction in itself.

Some writers though have spread their wings so to speak and ventured into blogging as a means to make more money from writing. In my case, my income is about 50-50 now from book sales and blog income.


Blogging can compliment ebook royalty income

As far as success stories go, though, blogging is becoming by far a more realistic means of making a livable income from writing.

So much so that many bloggers are now posting monthly revenue reports, which makes for fascinating reading, and perhaps for some, food for thought. Here is a selection of three blogs I came across today, which have recently posted their income results.


Cash Flow Diaries

This is a new blog started only a few months ago, so the report shows only a modest beginning. But I love this little snippet from the About page.

I created this blog to be used as a personal diary to track my journey.  Journey you say?!  That’s right, I am on a full blown mission to build enough passive income to quit my day job and become a multi-millionaire.  Ahh, the dreaded day job.  If you’re reading this you most likely have one.  And if you’re anything like me.  You want out ASAP!!  I am super determined and motivated to get out of this rat race.  Its destroying my life (not really) and all I think about is what do I have to do to get out and live the life we are all so meant to live.

July Income Report.

Ok, $74.94 might not sound like much money, but for a brand new blog, it is a positive start. How many ebooks do you need to sell to make this much in one month?

Right, now let’s move on to a more established blog.


Smart Passive Incomesmart

From the About page:

I used to have a 9 to 5 job, which I really did enjoy. I was working as a Job Captain in an architecture firm and loving the line of work I was in. I had no plans to leave, but unfortunately there are some things you cannot control (like the economy) and so, in 2008 I was laid off.

Getting laid off is a weird feeling. One day you think everything is fine and for whatever reason the next day you don’t really know what you’re supposed to do anymore. Instead of feeling bad about it, I immediately decided to work for myself from home.

It turns out that getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me. Without my 9 to 5 job holding me back, I’ve since been able to earn more money and work less (with more flexible) hours – which in the end allows me to be home and spend time with my family.

A description that would be applicable to many of us. So what about the earnings?

July Income Report.

$100, 266.61. !! Some of us may have been happy with the last $266.61 from ebook sales.


Blogging is another way for writers to make more money

This post was not to convince self-publishing fiction writers to drop what they are doing or give up on their dreams. But blogging is a natural extension of writing, so surely it is worth considering.

While some blogs are of course focused on finance or money making, there are literally thousands of blog ideas that can make a very good income. Food, cooking, motherhood, fishing, photography and wine just to name a few. In fact, photography blogs are among the most profitable!

It is only a matter of choosing a topic that you are absolutely passionate about, and that you will enjoy building from scratch, and then working hard to create a blog that will perhaps generate a reliable and livable income.

Is self-publishing more than ebooks? Food for thought?


Related reading: 20 Practical Ways You Can Make Money From Home By Blogging


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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

7 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Is More Than Simply Fiction

  • April 15, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Derek
    I have a couple of Blogs, long neglected. Never thought I could make money out of them. Is there someplace I can find how?
    Retired now. Have time.

  • August 12, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Interestingly, I’ve been calling myself a writer for years now despite never publishing more than a poem or review on someone else’s website, or a micro story on my own. Yet it was only after starting a personal finance blog this year that I made the leap into publishing some of my academic essays as Kindle ebooks, precisely because of other personal finance bloggers’ constant exhortations to try publishing ebooks for extra cash! Admittedly, they’re writing along the lines of “101 things to do”, etc, but it makes perfect sense to link blogging with other forms of publishing. My essays have nothing to do with finance, and are nothing like my style of writing for my blog, but I create under different personas, so it works out well.

  • January 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Hey Derek,

    Blogging has definitely become the real estate of the digital world, the possibilities are endless, and the potential income is limitless. I’m happy to see numerous bloggers creating a sustainable income off blogging. Thank you for writing this article. Have a wonderful week.

    • January 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      You’re right, Kyle. Blogging can be very lucrative. But like anything, it’s all about the work invested.

  • August 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Derek!

    Thanks so much for including me blog in your post. As a super new bloggers I am learning all the ins and outs of having a blog and treating it like a business but the best part is just being able to write whatever I want whenever I want. Such a great outlet!

    • August 27, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      My pleasure, Alexander. Welcome to the blogging club, and I wish you monumental success!


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