Question on reddit today: Just wondering if an income of $500 a month would be an attainable goal for an average self publisher.
$500 a month is doable. I know several people who make more than that on average.
If you price the book at $2.99 that’s about 250 sales needed. If it’s at $5.99 that’s about 120 sales. That’s not out there in the realm of possibilities.
The trick is to write a good book, then white another one, and keep writing good books for a while.
I’ve been at it for two years now, but I’m a really slow writer so I only have two novels and a bunch of short stories out. I’m getting better sales all the time, but it’s a slow process. Don’t go in thinking you’ll make it big off one book. There are some lucky people who hit the market just at the right time, but the vast majority of us have five books in a series before we start seeing some traction.