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.
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.
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.
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?
$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?