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Re: How much can an FM earn for writing a chess book?
Reply #4 - 03/05/22 at 03:35:25
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Dan Heisman is a perfect example that it is possible to become a chess author.
  
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Re: How much can an FM earn for writing a chess book?
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suppose you take 10 years of your life to devote to writing about chess exclusively. how much can that add up to?

David Vigorito is an IM and he has written like 9 or 10 books.
https://www.vigoritochess.com/books-1
  
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Re: How much can an FM earn for writing a chess book?
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there is self-publishing efficiently (your book makes it to all major websites and major bookstores)

and then there is submitting your manuscript to be published by a publishing house, like quality chess, or Rusell enterprises (among others).

I think self-publishing will get you at least 10 sales a month for one of your books considering it is a sellable subject, or 10 sales per book that you publish. If your books go for $20 USD that's a $200 profit a month, or $2400 USD per book a year.
  
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Re: How much can an FM earn for writing a chess book?
Reply #1 - 03/04/22 at 23:53:05
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Unless it's a very successful book that appeals to a very large audience, you'll hardly make any money and it won't be worth your time if your goal is to earn money by selling copies.  You'd earn more money working the same amount of hours at a low wage job, most likely.

You may, however, gain more students and be able to charge a higher rate for you instruction, and having published a book will look good on a resume.
  
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How much can an FM earn for writing a chess book?
03/04/22 at 23:30:49
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Hi I have plenty of ideas for books and wanted to see if anyone knew what the outlook is in regard to cash for writing a chess book?

Dan Heisman is a NM and he has written more than 5 books and became a famous coach.

I work with about 20 students a week but I am looking to see if writing can be a solution for my free time.
  
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