We recently read an article that said the average income for a published author is less than 10k a year. If you factor in that Ebooks are easily pirated and copyrighted material is easily duplicated, the average income drops significantly. One reason that we O’Garas offer ebooks exclusively through Amazon is that if a Dear reader says, “I saw your ebook on website X”, we know our work was stolen. We also very rarely offer free ebooks. Not a fool proof defense, but the options for fighting pirates for authors are few.
So why bother publishing at all?
Simple, we don’t write for money and we don’t write for free. We know our words are good and we have things to share with readers. Those readers love to read our work. Those readers buy our books. Those readers will say thank you when we send out advance free paperbacks. They will share our words with their friends. Those friends will become readers. Our readers, our tribe, will have our back.
We write for those readers.