Matthew Wayne Selznick http://www.mattselznick.com author and creator Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:05:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Transparency Challenge From A Bottom-List Indie Authorhttp://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/indie-author-income-transparency-challenge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=indie-author-income-transparency-challenge http://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/indie-author-income-transparency-challenge/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.mattselznick.com/?p=13159 Effective immediately, and every month from now on, I will post my gross earnings as an independent author and creator. If you're an indie author or otherwise make some or all of your living as an independent creator, I challenge you to...

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Effective immediately, and every month from now on, I will post my gross earnings as an independent author and creator. If you’re an indie author or otherwise make some or all of your living as an independent creator, I challenge you to do the same.

Why Indie Authors and Other Creators Should Be Transparent About Their Income

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while. As with many things having to do with creativity, my motivations are at once selfish, and in the spirit of teaching.

I hope other indie authors and creators find these reasons compelling, as well:

  • Creators and consumers are peers and partners. Together, we make a community. Through commerce, at the very least, we are in a relationship, and relationships are strengthened by honesty and openness.
  • The big earners in indie publishing and other indie creative endeavors get lots of attention, and good for them. But the top of the list is defined by the middle and the bottom, and it’s important those creators are represented and have their part of the story heard.
  • This one might be more for the bottom-list majority than anyone else, but here goes: if your community sees how much (how little?) you’re making from your creative endeavors, they might spend more money on the things you make. It’s possible—just possible, mind you—that readers could be under the impression that their authors are doing just fine, or that some other person will buy your stuff. Share your gross income and show your community how much you need their financial participation.
  • Sharing your gross income from creative endeavors could keep you motivated. Are you disappointed / dissatisfied / ashamed by the amount of money your books or other indie works bring you each month? Maybe the fact that the rest of the world knows the details will push you to work harder. On the other hand, if you’re one of the lucky few making a decent living as an independent author or other indie creator, sharing your number could be inspiring to your community. Either way, the information is useful. You should share it.

The Transparency Challenge: Indie Creators, Commit To Sharing Your Income Report Each Month!

What do you say, indie author, or musician, or artist, or craftsperson, or what-have-you?

Will you commit to revealing your gross income from your creative endeavors, in public, every single month?

Declare your intention in the comments of this post by providing a link to the income reporting page on your website.

My Monthly Income Report

My monthly income report is here.

It goes back to the beginning of 2014. My goal is to earn $3,000.00 (the current minimum required to meet my financial obligations) each month from my own creative work or related sources other than work I do for others as part of my creative services business. Income earned from my freelance clients is not included.

Included are things like book and music royalties from sales, streams, and subscriptions, patron donations and membership dues, affiliate income from products and services I use in my creative work, and related sources. In other words, anything directly connected to the things I make and the people consuming the things I make.

Take a look.

If you’re an indie creator, how does it compare to your own numbers?

If you’re a consumer of indie creative endeavors, how does it stack up against your expectations?

Let’s talk about it… and please, share this idea with everyone you know!

Let’s make it a thing.

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For A Limited Time! The Return of Limited Edition Chapbookshttp://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/get-limited-edition-chapbooks-while-you-still-can/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-limited-edition-chapbooks-while-you-still-can http://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/get-limited-edition-chapbooks-while-you-still-can/#respond Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:00:28 +0000 http://www.mattselznick.com/?p=13123 They're back! Handmade, signed and numbered, print, limited edition chapbooks of selected short stories, each with an exclusive essay... and each limited to one hundred copies. Keep reading to get yours while they last!

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They’re back! Handmade, signed and numbered, print, limited edition chapbooks of selected short stories, each with an exclusive essay… and each limited to one hundred copies.

You order it, I print it, fold the pages, staple it together, sign it, number it, put it in an envelope, hand-write your address on it, drive it to the post office… you get the idea. This is DIY publishing, gang… just like we used to do.

Okay, just like I used to do, with the litzines Samizdat and THING, back in the eighties and nineties.

And in the aughts, which is when, some of you might remember, these limited edition chapbooks were first available.

I took them off sale a few years ago, but since I’ve been doing direct sales on my website again (and let’s face it, a few years ago was a billion years ago in Internet time), I thought the time had come to bring them back.

So if you’re a dedicated patron and the kind of reader who loves collectible artifacts, do not wait:

Get signed, numbered, and absolutely-limited-to-100-copies-each chapbook editions of “The World Revolves Around You,” “Reggie vs. Kaiju Storm Chimera Wolf,” and “Cloak” while you still can.

Once I’ve sold 100 copies of each of these limited edition chapbooks, they’ll be absolutely unavailable.

The end; no more.

So if you want one or all of these short stories in chapbook form, click the covers to order right now:

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Thanks!

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Announcing Four Storieshttp://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/announcing-short-story-collection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcing-short-story-collection http://www.mattselznick.com/scribtotum/announcing-short-story-collection/#respond Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:59:25 +0000 http://www.mattselznick.com/?p=12943 I've just put the finishing touches on Four Stories, my first-ever short story collection, and I'm pretty excited! Read on to find out how you can get your copy of this quartet of literary tales.

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four_stories_pre-order_300x450 I’ve just put the finishing touches on Four Stories, my first-ever short story collection, and I’m pretty excited!

To express my enthusiasm (and to encourage you to experience that enthusiasm through your wallet!) I’m offering over 40% off the retail price of $2.99 when you pre-order Four Stories before June 21, 2014!

Keep reading for details!

About My First Short Story Collection

Four Stories first presents “You Got Me,” in which two people have a tense dance around an unspoken pain at the end of a tough day… and how they deal with it might predict if they spend any days together thereafter.

Next, expectations and understanding prove challenging for a young musician when he travels far from home with his new band to make it through “Gig Number Two.”

In the third story, he says it’s “Not My Fault,” but she’s convinced his distractions will be the end of their relationship. How will he handle the most unexpected distraction of all?

“The Days of Wine and Roses by The Dream Syndicate” is the fevered mental soundtrack for a long walk through town—and across memory and pain—to come to the rescue of a troubled damsel in distress one more time.

For me, as an author, the essays that accompany each piece are what make this short story collection special. In them, I reveal the memories, formative experiences, and amalgamous influences that inform the stories.

The essays make Four Stories my most personal work to date. This short story collection is fiction, but there are pieces of me in there, too. Hopefully, you’ll find there are universal themes as well.

Get A Discount When You Pre-Order Four Stories Right Now!

The short story collection Four Stories will be available to the world on the first day of Summer, June 21, 2014. You can get over 40% off the retail price of the e-book if you pre-order before then!

Click the green pre-order button below and enter the coupon code mwsfour in the “offer code” box that pops up!

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Thanks, in advance, for pre-ordering Four Stories! I’m excited to share my first short story collection with you!

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