15 Mar '17, 4pm

How I Made $70,714.20 Self-Publishing a Book About Ruby on Rails

underestimate the amount you can make self-publishing.I blame it on traditional publishing companies and old habits. My mom was a book editor, and the very best authors they published would sell 10,000 books. Their cut was something like $2/book, they'd pull in $20k. So when I decided to write a book on growth hacking (https://www.secretsaucenow.com ), I decided to self-publish. This was more difficult, I had to find an editor and pay them, etc. But we launched on Kickstarter, so I figured if it flopped I would know in advance. We sold $66,000 on Kickstarter, then went on to sell another $44,000 on Indiegogo while we finished it up. Since then we've sold around $20,000 on gumroad. In total it's something like 2,000 copies. If I had a publishing deal I would make about $5,000 from that. But because I self-published I took home $130,000 minus costs and fees , so we'll conser...

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