How much do Writers make per BookWhat do writers earn per book?
writers earn only $13,000 a year in their writings and earn at least as much from other writing-related activity as from their work.
A large part of the comments in the general press on this review was a shamefully low number. Anecdotal was the response of most of the authors I talked to - on-line and in person - under the motto: Wow! I would be thrilled if I had deserved so much of my letter. Anyone who earns a living will probably hesitate to boast about it out of sympathy with their much needier colleagues.
I made a contribution three years ago, ravaged by a pathetic royalty check from my novel Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, entitled On (Not) Making a Living form to confess my meager income, which seemed something like this: I have made considerably less than $7,320 from my letter in the two years since I released these numbers.
A large part of the self-publishing frenzy is focused on the fact that you can keep a much higher proportion of your bonuses. I had a shift in my fate last year when the US publishers Sourcebooks Whisky Charlie Foxtrot released Whiskey and Charlie. Sourcebook ordered a first edition of 12,000 units - ten time as much as I did in Australia, which I was very happy about.
Then Whiskey and Charlie from Target USA were chosen as one of their book clubs of the month. You ordered 30,000 pieces of my book. I' ve made more than $20,000 in all, which is probably more than all my other years of typing together. Domestically, the sale of Whisky Charlie Foxtrot is still going on (probably just enough to keep my chocolates covered for the year, no kidding).
As most writers in the Macquarie survey, I have complemented my revenue from the letter with other related activities: I earn two third of my living from my US purchases. It takes about a thousand years (9 months) to get my emoluments from America. My revenues in this fiscal year therefore relate to book purchases in the preceding fiscal year (i.e. the first two month after publication).
Some other facts about this income: 20% of all my US bonuses go to my Aussie editor Fremantle Press, who was selling the copyrights on my name ("because I don't have an agent"). I' m really glad that they have this kind of cash and can take the opportunity to publish another early author.
Because I find it useful to have frank discussions about what authors deserve, I agree with these particulars about my earnings. This thought sometimes works, sometimes not so much!