Hey all! For my first post of the new year, I thought I’d try something new and pull the curtain to reveal my 2018 writing income. I thought maybe this information would help other writers as they build their own creative careers. Earnings information for authors is VERY hard to find online, and I don’t blame people for being pretty guarded about it, but I figure why not be open about this? Maybe it will encourage someone to give this a try! Or maybe someone will see these numbers and say, “He works that hard for just THAT?” Either way, maybe it will help! 🙂
Considering that I do this on a very part-time basis, I am fairly pleased with my 2018 writing income. My goal is to steadily build a base of royalty payments and advances as I keep adding new projects to my library.
For 2018, my Gross Income was: $16,679.46. The specifics are broken down below:
Misc Sales (merchandise and short stories): $40.53
As you can see, I still rely heavily on my royalties from Community College Hero Parts 1 and 2. A goal for 2019 is to diversify my creative income with increased earnings from my StarStreakers project as well as Talon City, a fantasy legal thriller I plan to indie publish later this year. I’m also quite excited about a decent start with Patreon, although it does involve significant expenses as well (see below). I’ve learned the hard way that it’s a waste of time trying to sell merchandise, and my first attempt at selling CCH short stories was an abysmal failure, but I learn from my mistakes. I’ll be focusing entirely on my main projects and Patreon in 2019.
My total expenses of $2,688.35 in 2018 were higher than I would like, but I incurred a lot of one-time or infrequent costs. The biggest costs were art for the CCH Character Sheets I provide to my patrons on Patreon, some cover art for CCH2, the Community College HiJinks comic strip, web-hosting for two years, art contest prize money, some Facebook ads, and an online publishing course. TOTAL NET INCOME FOR THE YEAR WAS: $13,991.11
Misc Office: $173.04