Combien gagnent des auteurs tels que John Grisham / Jeffrey Archer / Dan Brown?

Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson, Chronicles of Den'dra author

Répondu il y a 200w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 61 et de vues de réponses 510.3k

Réponse d'origine: How much income does the writer earn from a published novel?

My experience and understanding is that, unless you are publishing super epics every two years, a much faster schedule is more successful. As a young fiction author who decided on the route of self publishing, I made on average about $4.00 per month. That is without any advertising of any kind on a book published on amazon kdp. I published the second book in the series six months later and earnings have jumped to $45.00 in the first half of the month. It would be delightful if multiplication occurrs on the same scale when I publish the third book, or even if it holds steady for the next twenty years. This is as an eBook only. I haven't gotten around to creatspace yet. Many might view this as a dismal income even after the second book release. I do not know how expanding into print will affect these numbers.

On the other hand, writing is a hobby that I enjoy. I have no intention of changing that by trying to wring creativity out of my imagination on a daily basis. I will continue writing and will be happily surprised if by sheer number of writings, I can make a living. There is also the fact that, as I am self published, I have complete control over my work, can earn royalties substantially higher than any publishing house offers, have the gratification of being published within twelve hours of the moment I am done with it, and will earn royalties through perpetuity.

Sadly, there are so many other people out there writing that it is exceedingly difficult to be original enough to stand above your peers. A solution to that is to publish enough that readers are more apt to come across your work. Another would be to plaster yourself over every square inch of advertising space, something I have no skill or inclination towards.

Anyways, to each his own. I wish you the best of success but would caution against attempts at expecting or forcing an income out of publishing. There is always the exception. Aim for the moon but be happy if you get the sunset.

Michael Davies

Michael Davies, Writer, publisher, teacher (2000-present)

Répondu il y a 199w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 1k et de vues de réponses 923k

Réponse d'origine: How much income does the writer earn from a published novel?

About enough to feed the cat for a week or two. There are various problems with having your book published by an established publisher. They start with getting an agent - about one chance in a hundred, because agents get deluged with manuscripts. If you're male, make that one in ten thousand, because almost all agents are women and as I have been told, romance novels are the only thing they look for.

And the other problem is that most agents know absolutely sod-all about books, most of them being failed writers. I've just received a review of one of my murder mysteries - the critic loved the book but the review was full of grammar and spelling errors, too embarrassing for me to quote on Amazon.

But let's be fanciful and an agent takes you and sells your book to a publisher. They will reshape the book until you can barely recognise it, design a cover that doesn't seem to have much connection to the story and after a year or two, they may publish it. Many publishers add to the contract that if copies are unsold, you the author will reimburse the publisher for them - watch for that little joker. Publishers also demonstrate the same man-hating, one-eyed preference for romance garbage as do agents.

Then, if published, you will receive about 15% of RRP as royalties. But the bookshops don't want your book, it takes space away from crap like "57 Shades of Grey," so they put your book on the bottom shelf and forget it until it's time to return it. (See above, reimbursing the publisher for unsold copies).

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Don't waste your time - self publish and handle the marketing yourself.

Tom Corson-Knowles

Tom Corson-Knowles, Auteur de livres auto-publiés par 20 + et fondateur de TCK Publishing

Répondu il y a 201w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 333 et de vues de réponses 1.5m

Réponse d'origine: How much income does the writer earn from a published novel?

Authors, if you want to be well paid, be the best.

Can you imagine a bunch of football enthusiasts who play once a week sitting around complaining that They are not being paid what NFL players earn? That would be ridiculous!

Yet that's exactly what most authors do when they get together and talk about earning a living. If you're not working your ass off and putting every ounce of heart and soul into what you do, what makes you think you deserve what the people who devote their entire life to get?

The people at the top earn millions and even billions like JK Rowling. The rest share the rest. That's how economic life works in every industry today. Period.

If you want to earn the big bucks, you have to be the best in your field.

So what do the best authors do that set them apart?

  1. Write every single day. No days off. Weekends and holidays are for broke people and those who already earned their millions. If you want to join the latter, fall in love with your work. If you vraiment loved writing, you wouldn't be able to stop yourself from doing it every day, am I right?
  2. Study every single day. Writing, publishing, marketing, design, psychology, history... After interviewing dozens of ultra successful authors, one thing that's abundantly clear is they know A LOT more than the average author about topics related to being an author. How'd they learn? By studying. Again, days off and holidays are for broke people who don't really want to do the work.
  3. Build your platform. Connect with your fans. EVERY DAY. Don't have fans? Go find people in your target market and connect with them. Social media, forums, podcasts, etc. It's never been easier to connect with people. Don't know who your target audience is? Go study!
  4. Model successful authors. See someone in your field you admire? Devour their work. Read every tweet they've ever posted. Study them like a hawk. Then take what you see them doing they is obviously working and do it for your business. See an author with a huge email list? You better structure your email marketing and lead generation similar to how they do it because if it's already working, it will work for you.
  5. Throw away your list of excuses. This is the big one. When you realize that you're just like Stephen King, JK Rowling, Brian Tracy and any other person whose success you admire, you realize they had to go through all the shit you have to go through to reach their goals. Read enough biographies of successful people and you realize we're all just human beings. The difference in our results is determined by our drive, desire and purpose (what we want and how we think) and our action (what we do). If you do what successful people do, you will get results. Just make sure the results you're going for are what you really want. If you'd rather whine and complain than get shit done, you should at least be honest with yourself.

Mohammed Musthafa

Mohammed Musthafa, works at Qatargas

Répondu il y a 201w

Réponse d'origine: How much income does the writer earn from a published novel?

This is a question I've asked myself several times over the years. Sadly the answer has left me cynical, depressed and on rare occasions, defiant.

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Authors are paid royalties. If a book is sold for, say 3 dollars, the author gets a percentage of either sale price or cost price. Normally the price is fixed. Why? So that promotional offers don't cut into author's income. If the book is temporarily being sold for 2.50, the author still gets his due.

Of course it depends on the publisher and the type of contract the author signs. I'm talking from personal experience.

Print and e-books have different royalty rates. Print normally offers between 7.5 and 20. E-books are normally around 30.

The royalty rates may strike you as abysmal. Most of the times, they are.

Now all you need to do is find out a certain author's royalty rate. Calculate his income from the sales of the book.

But here's the really depressing part. Less than one percent of all writers can live off their writing income. These are your Grishams and Rowlings.... the rest have another job.

Writing almost never pays. Not the way investment banking or professional football does. But sometimes, none of that matters when you have something to tell, right?

Mercedes R. Lackey

Mercedes R. Lackey, 134 a publié des livres dans Fantasy and sf, Writer #1 NYT.

Répondu il y a 119w · L'auteur dispose de réponses 6.7k et de vues de réponses 18m

ne pas presque as much as you think.

Of the entire membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of America, slightly less than 10% make a living—and by that, I mean about $24,000-$30,000 a year—from writing. Of that 10%, only half, or 5%, make a living writing uniquement. science fiction or fantasy or both. The rest have jobs that qualify as “writing,” but not SF/F—they might write romance under another name, or are journalists, or technical writers, or copywriters, or work in advertising agencies.

More often than not, they teach.

Most authors have full time jobs and write on the side. Sometimes they make nothing at all in a year. Sometimes they make a few hundred dollars.

You’ll see news stories about people getting the “big paychecks” from writing, but you are more likely to be struck by lightning than be able to earn a living from writing.

Here is how the business works.

You work hard on your first book, and it probably takes you two or three years to get it ready to be seen by a publisher. You send it to the publisher, who sends it to a long-suffering person called the “First Reader” (because the editors’ time is too precious to waste on reading unsolicited manuscripts) who is very likely also an assistant to someone, and this poor soul in his or her “free” time takes unsolicited manuscripts and reads them. By which I mean, he or she takes the first chapter and reads it. About half the manuscripts are rejected on the first page; they’re hand-written, or written in crayon (I am not making this up), or printed in weird colors, or formatted wrong, or full of so many grammar and spelling errors and typos that they are painful to read. Most of the remaining half of these manuscripts are dreck, and get the polite rejection letter. Of the ones that are kept, the First Reader now reads the first three chapters. If the book falls to pieces or makes him/her snore, they go in the reject pile. Maintenant, the First Reader reads the whole book. If it becomes obvious that this book submitted to the SF publisher is actually a western the author couldn’t sell and substituted “blasters” for “Colts,” and “colony ships” for “wagon trains” (or vice versa) it gets the boot, and so do other books that just don’t cut it. This leaves the First Reader with about 1% of the original pile, which he/she sends on to the réal editor to read, who goes through the same process; first chapter and synopsis, then first three chapters, then whole book.

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Meanwhile the author, who has been waiting for about a year now for a response, is still paid nothing.

The editor decides this is a winner. S/he writes/emails the author. The standard offer for a first novel in sf/f is $3,000-$10,000, but the only people who ever get $10,000 are people who are so amazing the publisher is willing to put the first novel out in hardcover and sink a lot of advertising money into the book. So figure, after 4 years of work, the author is getting $3,000 “advance against royalties.” This is important to understand. This is not a paycheck. This is a no-interest loan against the 15% of cover price that will be his royalties.

But wait. He doesn’t get that at once. The contract will dole out the money in 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 increments. 1/3 on signing the contract. 1/3 on acceptance of the manuscript. 1/3 on publication.

But wait, doesn’t that mean he gets $2,000 up front? The publisher accepted the book—

No, s/he didn’t. You are more likely to win the lottery than have your first book breeze through without editorial changes. The author will get $1,000 within a few months of signing the contract. Yes, it takes that long to cut the check. Then after about a year of editorial changes, he’ll get another $1,000. Then after about a year when the book is finally published, another $1,000. And then, after that $3,000 is paid back to the book company out of the author’s royalties, he will start getting royalties. If the book stays in print and sells reasonably well, that can amount to anything from $50/year to $2,000 a year.

So, so far, the author has worked on this book for 5 years. And he’s gotten $3,000. At that rate, he can afford to live under a bridge.

Jeff Shear

Jeff Shear, L'auteur

Répondu il y a 201w

Réponse d'origine: How much income does the writer earn from a published novel?

We're speaking about novels as opposed to non-fiction, right? I've looked around the web for the answer to this one. It's seems the average advance is $17, 500. To put that in perspective, the agent takes 15 % of the advance. And, if the writer is good at dodging taxes, the government will only take another 15% off the top, leaving the writer with $12,250. If, as is typical, the publisher will take one year to print, the writer will earn in that year, assuming he or she keeps a 40 hour week, $5.89/hr. Forget the god-knows-how-many-years it took the writer to write the book. Whatever. That $5.89 is far below the USA's already insultingly low minimum wage. The good news is that if in the unlikely chance the writer gets a second book, he or she will then have income closer to what they could earn flipping burgers. And I don't believe there's such a thing as an average working novelist who publishes every two years.

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