Friday, May 18, 2007
It struck a chord with me when I read a comment in this thread saying that talking about money and earnings is the last taboo.
After inspecting my contracts and posting at the Absolute Write forums I can see no legal or ethical barrier to posting my own earnings publicly, across all publishers and rounded somewhat. And unless anyone can tell me why this is a really, really, bad idea this is what I plan to do.
Because there are two important things to know about erotic romance e-publishing. 1) Choosing the right publisher is very important, and 2) very few of us make very much money.
I am, as far as I can tell, fairly representative of a mid-level ebook writer with a day job. Ergo what I earn might be interesting or instructive to newer writers deciding where to submit. So disclosing my income is specifically meant to demonstrate that this income is comparatively small. Fortunately I don't keep my ego in my wallet so I have no personal embarrassment about this issue. It will also be a useful basis for discussing factors such as the impact of new releases, series, genre, promotion etc on monthly income.
So this is where you tell me why this really is a very bad idea....