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How do I make money as an artist?

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015 12:59PM EDT
Our artists make money any time a member purchases a book, poem, or item that contains the artist's work. 

Artists share 50% of our net profit, on average. That's what's left over after we pay for printing, shipping, and operating costs (and, we plough our half right back into building Storybird and promoting your products).

These are the current artists royalties as of July 2015 (all amounts are USD):

Poetry print: $2.20
Folded card: $1.16
Flat notecard: $1.34
Download - poetry print: $0.80
Download - folded poetry card: $0.40
Download - basic poetry PDF: $0.40

Art print: $2.20
Art folded card: $1.16
Journal: $1.90
iPhone case: $3.20

Hardcover (20 pg): $3.36
Softcover (20 pg): $1.00
Digital download: $0.60
Digital download bundle: $0.80

10 download credits: $2.00
50 download credits: $5.00
200 download credits: $15.00
500 download credits: $20.00

We allocate royalties at time of purchase, not redemption, so pre-paid download credits are profit-shared evenly between all artists.


Digital downloads/PDFs are optimized for home printing and set at 100 dpi. This is designed to ensure that books and poems can not be reproduced at scale or be commercially useful.

Digital downloads/PDFs are ONLY for poetry or books: your artwork is NOT for sale as a download. (Further details on how we protect your digital files.)

When stories contain multiple artists, royalties will be split proportionally.

Although we don't generally employ blanket discounts, we may occasionally offer special incentives to stimulate sales. For example, in the case of "Buy two, get the third at 50% off" the royalties on the third book would be reduced by 50% (as would our take, as well).

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