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OK, here’s my 2cents, which is worth probably about that.
I’m a newbie that got into DVD authoring because I had a “great idea”. I love Yosemite. People buy hiking guide books – but hey, nobody reads anymore. I decided to do a DVD on hiking trails in Yosemite (figured I’d be selling thousands). No prior experience in the field.
I spent several thousand dollars, and hundreds (thousands?) of hours to get my DVD done. I thought that there would be such interest that the DVD would sell itself. I’ve found out that marketing is a much bigger job than I expected. I’ve sold 100 (give or take a few) and though I am a newbie it has been very well received (I even had one customer approach an outdoor store in my behalf because he wanted to see me succeed so that I would make more DVD hiking guides). While this gives me a sense of satisfaction, these few customers do not pay the bills.
Conclusion? At the current selling rate, this DVD will never have been “worth” doing financially/time-wise..but I did have some fun doing it. So my advice is: if you want to do it for fun, do it. Just don’t expect to be quiting your day job all too soon, and as in the stock market, don’t invest more money than you can afford to lose 😉