I hesitated to post this since price is a sensitive issue, but once in a while, I do get emails from people who wonder why I ask a price on most of my books. So I might as well address it here in case others are wondering the same thing, but I’m going to make it a general answer because this applies to every author out there who is trying to earn an income from their work.
So here’s the thing…
Food, shelter, clothes, utilities, etc require money to purchase.
This is something we all have to deal with, whether we are authors or not. We either have mortgages or rent (unless our house is paid off). We all need to eat food in order to survive. We need clothes to wear so we don’t scare the people around us with our naked bodies. (Okay, maybe some of you look like Barbie dolls when you don’t have clothes on, but I have the frumpy “wow, you can tell she had four kids” type of body. Believe me, I do everyone a favor by putting on clothes.) Utilities are a must. We need heat in the winter. We need water. We need electricity (an author can’t write on a computer without electricity in the house), and we need Internet so we can engage in social networking and publish our books.
Everything on the list above requires money. Because of that, authors need to make money in order to pay for the these things in order to survive. So when we put a dollar amount on our books, we aren’t being greedy. We’re trying to pay our bills and eat.
If we don’t make money with our books, then we won’t be able to write.
Even if it’s supplemental income, getting paid allows us the freedom to write in our spare time. If we have to seek out other jobs, that will take away from our chance to write. Time is one of those things that’s finite. I love to write. I know a lot of other authors who love to write. But writing without a paycheck won’t enable us to write those books. Instead, we’ll have to find another way to earn money.
Authors do pay taxes on their income.
I don’t know how many people are aware that authors are required to pay taxes. I didn’t know this before I started making money off my writing.
Currently, I pay 40% in federal taxes and almost 7% in state taxes. Other authors might pay more, the same, or less than me depending on their income. I’m not a tax expert. I just know that almost half my income is money I never see. If I work outside the home, I could potentially have more take home money (depending on the job I get) because I’d pay significantly less in taxes, but I love writing books.
I’m willing to pay the taxes in order to do what I love most. But in order to do what I love most, I need to make money. Other authors I know feel the same way. They write because they love it.
The stuff I’ve listed above applies to every author, not just me. I realize this is an issue that makes some people nervous, but after much debate, I finally decided it was something that needed to be said. Thanks for reading.