People often ask me – “Does a book publisher pay you up front to write your books?”
Here is the answer: When I am a NYTimes Bestselling author and have made national news… yes they may start paying me up front.
The sad but unknown truth about being a non-fiction writer these days is – it surely does not pay, if money is the only measure for you.
Now, I am not saying it is not a good investment and cannot be used to get more publicity and speaking opportunities. Sure it can.
But for most authors today that have yet to secure a publishing deal with a major publisher – it’s more of an investment, than a cash cow.
In fact, I have never broken even on any of my books. Not even close.
Up front, they estimate the costs to self-publish, or publish with a publisher not considered a major publisher is anywhere between $8,000 and $15,000 out of pocket. And that doesn’t include and travel, book tour, media appearances or even video work.
This is the bare bones, folks.
I know. I have two published books to my name.
NOW DO YOU SEE WHY CROWDFUNDING MAKES SENSE FOR MORE AND MORE AUTHORS IN 2019?
This project “Ty’s Hope” is quite a bit behind our requested budget. And yet, when I see other crowdfunding campaigns for the latest gadget for clipping toenails… yes that is exciting (I guess) but how can MILLIONS be going to so many of those kinds of crowdfunding campaigns and, we can’t get a few thousand dollars given to a story that is certain to influence people to become more socially aware, to help people in need, to be a spiritual transformation agent in this sick world? Look, y’all! I ain’t playin’!
(See, I did get some of the ‘hood’ in me after hanging with Ty 6 years, and eventually buying a house where I lived day in day out within earshot of gunshot!)
This story I am writing – it already has Hollywood producers interested, book publishers offering to publish, and even agents asking to see proposals??
Please comment, if you are a writer out there! IS THIS NOT BIG NEWS?!?!
Do you think “Ty’s Hope” is a book worth backing?
Even a few dollars will make a difference in getting this book out.
If you do – MAKE A CONTRIBUTION RIGHT HERE