Tag Archives | what authors earn

Reality 301 With @heidicullinan

This post by Heidi Cullinan originally appeared on her blog on 5/15/13. Tonight Twitterverse roared with outrage over Kendall Grey’s post on Authors for Life where she bemoans the fact that sometimes, publishing is hard. Grey spent four years writing and a great deal of money and effort promoting an urban fantasy trilogy; it tanked. […]

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Shocking WSJ Discovery: Higher Prices=Lower Volume!

This piece by Barry Eisler originally appeared as a guest post on A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing on 8/4/15. Barry Eisler here. Joe, thanks as always for the guest slot. I was going to mock this Wall Street Journal article somewhere, and there’s no better place than A Newbie’s Guide for that… So okay, today […]

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The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t

This article by Steven Johnson originally appeared on The New York Times Magazine site on 8/19/15. In the digital economy, it was supposed to be impossible to make money by making art. Instead, creative careers are thriving — but in complicated and unexpected ways. On July 11, 2000, in one of the more unlikely moments […]

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The Art of Asking – Why Amanda Palmer is So Divisive and So Important

This post by Dan Holloway originally appeared on his site on 11/19/14. In the comfortable bubble of liberal, left-leaning indie arts land it’s hard to state a genuine opinion that will cause much more than a chinny collective nod and hemp-gloved circle backslap. Nigel Farage? Call him dangerous, call him toxic but don’t call him […]

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Kindle Royalty Payment Changes Roundup

Amazon has recently announced a major overhaul of how it will calculate royalties to be paid on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Select Lending Library borrows. Since most authors seem perplexed at how the new system works, and will affect them, here’s a roundup of reactions from people who’ve done some analysis. Over on the Melville […]

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How Much Are Words Worth?

This post by Scott Carney originally appeared on his blog on 4/27/15. Writers tend to keep their thoughts in the realm of ideas rather than calculate the seemingly mundane matter of the mechanics of the trade. However, a few months ago I sat down in a Chinese restaurant with a friend of mine who writes […]

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10 Things Authors Learn The Hard Way…

This post by Diane Hall originally appeared on BDAILY on 5/25/15. Writing workshops and books, professional advice, even Google, won’t answer every question an author may have. Some knowledge can only be gained by personal experience. The following list stems from genuine reports by authors I’ve either spoken to or worked with, across the globe. […]

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Kindle Scout

This post by Polly Iyer originally appeared on The Blood-Red Pencil on 5/20/15. My book, Indiscretion, has been on Amazon’s Kindle Scout program for an entire week as of today. It’s been on and off the “Hot and Trending” list, which I guess is natural. This is measured by how many people read the sample […]

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How to Price Your Work on Amazon

This post originally appeared on Writer’s Circle. So you’ve decided to publish a book on Amazon (and hopefully read our helpful guide for doing so). Before those pages hit the presses – or the Kindles – you’ll need to price your work on Amazon, and we’re here with a bit of advice on finding the […]

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May 2015 Author Earnings Report

This post originally appeared on Author Earnings in 5/15. Welcome to the May 2015 Author Earnings Report. This is our sixth quarterly look at Amazon’s ebook sales, with data taken on over 200,000 bestselling ebooks. With each report over the past year and a half, we have come to see great consistency in our results, but there is always […]

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Are You an Overworked Freelancer? 10 Key Moves to Avoid Burnout

This post by Carol Tice originally appeared on Make A Living Writing. Many writers tell me they wish they could find even one client. But today, I want to talk about the other side of the coin. Once you get rolling in freelance writing and word starts getting around about your talents, you can quickly […]

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Should you be a full-time writer?

This post by Mary Robinette Kowal originally appeared on SFWA on 3/5/15. A lot of writers have a goal of being a full time writer. I think there’s this image of your life continuing exactly as it is, except that now your job is writing. Sure, you know you won’t go into an office, but […]

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Which Authors Do Subscription Services Benefit?

This post by Dana Beth Weinberg originally appeared on Digital Book World (DBW) on 4/28/15. Expert publishing blog opinions are solely those of the blogger and not necessarily endorsed by DBW. Subscriptions services may yet turn out to be a next game-changer in publishing, but for the moment that market is in a state of […]

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Fighting With Both Hands

This post by David Gaughran originally appeared on his Let’s Get Digital site on 4/17/15. This blog has been quieter than usual lately and I thought I should let you know what I’ve been doing. I’m going to prattle on for quite a while; you might want to get comfortable (or head off to Tumblr). […]

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Keep Your Options Open

This post by Allan Leverone originally appeared on Kill Zone. My first book was published a little over four years ago, in February 2011. You may remember that as the chaotic period when the self-publishing phenomenon really broke through and turned the traditional publishing model upside down. Between December 2009, when I signed my first […]

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