Writing to make a profit in 2013 requires either wild blind luck or choosing to write over-the-line sexual encounters. For this brief moment in history, books are a commodity: far more supply than demand.
Stick with it for 5 years, and the opportunists will have faded away or been pruned by market response.
For now, write because you have something to say. Word toward making a profit 5 years from now.
If you understand that self-publishing is a business which is connected to but not the same as the art of writing, you’re light-years ahead of many other authors.
Watch for posts on how Seth Godin is changing the book-writing and publishing world. For today, watch Seth himself talk about how, after his first book made the New York Times bestseller list, he gave his second book away—and made more money with it than his first book.