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January 26, 2012

Writing income for novelists

I just ran across this writeup by Jim C. Hines on his writing income throughout his career. Some things I notice:
  • This is the first year (at least in about four years) that his US income was more than his foreign sales and royalties.
  • He still has a day job.
  • Short fiction isn’t a big source of income for him.
  • In 2010, e-book income made up about 3%–5% of the royalties.
And while we’re on the subject, see Unasked-for Advice to New Writers About Money from John Scalzi, who made $164,000 in 2007.

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