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  • Even having helped with ten wildly popular books [] (counting major editions), I'm pretty sure my total royalties divided into my total time spent puts me at around minimum wage for every book. And I'm lucky: most people never even see money after their initial advance (which never exceeds $5K for O'Reilly books).

    Also consider that the typical royalty contract puts 10% of the wholesale cost of the book into the collective author's hands, and a lot of books are co-written. Yes, I make about a dollar, pre-tax, per copy of the Llama. That's it. Put another way, I make more money off my amazon referral of the llama [] than I make off the actual book sale as an author.

    So, why write? I write as a credential. The books have earned me a foothold into corporate america for my training and consulting services.

    That, and I get a lot of free beer from loyal fans, which I appreciate greatly.

    • Randal L. Schwartz
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