Your information gives me confidence I can get my earnings up. I may never reach those heights but if I can get to maybe 3–5 thousand and build a mailing list which is giving me fits, I can build a small business. However money or not I will continue to write. Thanks for this post.
I’m glad you enjoyed it! And I think that your point about reaching that key threshold is true. It’s also worth noting that many of the followers of the big authors appear to be bots/inactive accounts/non paying members, so I think even in their case, they are making money off of a smaller subset (granted, still much larger than most).