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Offline katyusha

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How much income does a self-help book generate?
« on: March 25, 2006, 07:40:17 PM »
I know that this is a pretty broad question, however as a lifestyle journalist I really have no clue about these things.
Any insights?

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Re: How much income does a self-help book generate?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2006, 09:04:48 PM »
Tally-bally-difficult to say.

I know a large number of self-help authors and the books return decently, IF you put in the effort AND you have a very hot topic.

The market is certainly overcrowded. Many "gurus" consider themselves qualified to write such a book... and feel they really ARE totally in harmony with the universe... until they receive their royalties check and wonder why they can't contain their anger.

I would say that you can definitely get good returns, BUT be prepared to put a lot of effort into the "after-book" marketing... think television, radio interviews, online promotions, etc... if you have a mailing list yourself, all the better.

Just my 2C...

Karlos

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Re: How much income does a self-help book generate?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2006, 10:10:25 PM »
Thanks, I appreciate it!
Do you think a Dummies book will have a decent return as well?

Lin

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Re: How much income does a self-help book generate?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2006, 03:44:48 AM »
Without my Getting your book published for Dummies, I dont think I would have started writing so enthusiastically as I did.

Lin

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Re: How much income does a self-help book generate?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2006, 06:12:49 PM »
Hi Lin!

Thank you for your interest and comment but I am not sure if I fully understand.
Are you saying that your "Dummies" book was published but you were deceived by how little pay you got?

Please let me know, I am very interested in the matter...