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Can you break even in self-publishing? Editor's Notes #98
May 16, 2011

You were born to win, but to be a winner,
you must plan to win,
prepare to win, and expect to win.

--Zig Ziglar

In this issue:

1. Breaking even in book sales
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site

1.Breaking even in book sales
How many books do you have to sell to break even?

I asked a group of self-publishers that question. Their answers may surprise you. In the article at, I break down some of the facts behind the bare numbers.

Even if you plan to go with a trade publisher, knowing about the finances will help you in your contract negotiations.

Read the full article at


2.Tickled my funnybone
"Census gives facts on men broken down by age, sex and occupation."


3. Interesting Web site
Canada's booksellers make some of their sales data available to the general public. This requires a subscription, but if you are in publication for the money, there is a wealth of information at


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