And what’s funny about those three posts is that they’re actually just new versions of very old traditions. Ben Franklin used his own printing press for Poor Richard’s Almanack, Mark Twain made money from the ancillary lecture circuit, and Kickstarter is just a new version of the patronage system.
So. All that said, how do you think authors of the future will and should make money? Should it come from the books? From secondary streams? Will that whole moneymaking thing go away entirely?
And in case you’re curious about my attempt at selling t-shirts and mugs, so far I’ve sold 1 t-shirt and 0 mugs. Zero mugs!! And everyone needs mugs.
Making money? It ain’t easy.