Hey there! I echo @lhansenauthor in that I can’t talk about specific earnings, but I can give you some general thoughts about how Paid stacks up to other publishing ventures.
I’ve been traditionally published with a small press (first two books). I went with them because the editor had a great reputation. I sold nothing and made nothing, and my only saving grace was that my agent put a clause in to get the rights back if the books didn’t sell a certain threshold in a certain period of time.
I’ve published on Radish. In 2017 and 2018, that was quite lucrative. Now there are more authors and they are focused on their own content generated in house, which makes sense for them and I applaud them for the idea. I think there’s still money to be made there if you write a certain kind of twisty, telenovela-like romance with high heat.
I’ve self-published. This year I made mid-five figures BUT I also spent majority of my earnings on advertising. It’s a total crapshoot, especially in contemporary romance. Kindle Unlimited is rife with scammers and good books don’t rise to the top. I HATED doing ads and spreadsheets and all the marketing. Someone in a less glutted genre may have a different experience, admittedly.
Personally, I’m pulling all of my romances off Amazon and taking them to Wattpad, a mixture of free and paid. I feel the compensation, combined with the fact that I don’t have to spend money, is worth it. Wattpad gives support like a publisher and the contracts aren’t years-long. I feel a lot of joy here, and I adore the folks at HQ.
My plan is to keep my romances here on Wattpad and try for a traditional deal in mystery.
To sum it up: this year I published on Radish, Amazon and Wattpad. Had I not published on Amazon, not advertised my Amazon books, I would be at the same profit level I am now, with just Radish and Wattpad. Does that make sense? Hope this helps. PM me if you want to chat.