Wednesday, February 13, 2008
What a writer makes is one of those 'how long is a piece of strong' questions. John Scalzi made $164,000, Jim C Hines made $16,000 and I made... $5000. I was feeling a little underwhelmed by my year-end profit until I read that the median advance for mainstream novels is currently running at, you guessed it, $5000 to $6000 on average. Sure, some make a hell of a lot more but, um, I guess I did okay? I got paid about the same as for a mainstream first novel without getting involved with NY agents, contract lawyers or complicated accounting that pays out just a few times a year? I still think mainstream publishing is a great goal for those seeking it and a great acheivement for those that manage it--but based on the current figures... epublishing isn't looking too bad either.