There are several different ways to buy my novel, and my earnings vary a lot. You can buy direct from me, hand to hand; I make about $7, minus NJ sales tax. You can buy from Amazon, and I make $3. Or you can buy via a variety of distributors that serve schools, libraries and independent book sellers. For some reason, CreatSpace’s costs are higher in this last category; or perhaps they have to offer discounts. I set my purchase price just high enough so that I could sell through these channels. When these entities order my book, I earn one cent per copy.
I’m proud to announce that one of these transactions has just occurred, a multiple purchase netting me three cents (and more important: three more readers).