Writing, By the Numbers

I’ve always been (This won’t be surprising to those that know me) been an advocate of transparency. I realized in looking at the numbers this morning, I haven’t shared any numbers with Y’all around my writing. Probably not that interesting to most, but this is my blog, so…

So, here goes, the Numbers.

Earnings Per MonthThe numbers that go with this, as an example, for December are: Select (blue, Kindle Unlimited) $44.42, Royalties (red): $99.74, and Print (gray): $2.70

You can see that November was my best month. I think December would have been better, had I not spent a week and change not in KDP Select dipping my toes in the publishing wide waters. Someday, yes. Right now, no. It’s taken (More on that here) a while to get some upward trajectory back.

2017 earnings

While I’m still in the negative as far as the costs of learning how to not suck at being a published author (even a self-published one), it’s nice to see that people like the crew of the Ghost. If the last five months of 2017 are an indicator, 2018 will be pretty nice, money wise. Especially considering I’m planning to release ‘Space Rogues 2: It won’t be funny when I don’t have a subtitle’ (It’s a working title) sometime around April/May (Ideally).

Also, I’m hoping ‘Merry Garthflak, Wil‘ will get more traction as we go towards the 2018 holiday season. I didn’t really market it much beyond mentioning it in ‘Space Rogues‘ but will try to push it a bit as “Christmas stories” start to move.

Sales by market

Not even remotely surprising, I’m “big in America” with ‘big’ being hardly known at all. LOL. I’m honestly a little stymied and thrilled to even have any notice in those other stores. I attribute some of that to having friends all over the world and being pretty shameless in my self-promotion attempts.

Anyhow, so that’s what 2017 looked like for me. I’m not going to go into the money that was spent, as it was more than I’d like, but attribute a lot of the expense to start-up costs, and learning on the job. Some, about 60% was money well spent, some was “Welp, that was a waste of money I didn’t have to waste.”, such is life sometimes.


By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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