The general population is slowly getting the message that things are really hard for traditionally published authors right now, in ways it was not hard twenty or even five years ago. Still, we dread that question from well-meaning acquaintances:

“But can’t you live on royalties?”

…royalties being the author’s cut of the purchase price of their finished book(s).

Let’s look at this myth, with numbers attached. Mine, to be precise. {read}