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Martha Wells

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Passing this along, though it won't do much good as some people never seem to believe it, anymore than they believe that most writers don't control the cover image, the price, availability of ebook, foreign, or audio editions etc etc.

The myth of the rich writer.

I feel like the figure of $7500 for a first fantasy is kind of high. I got $3500 for The Element of Fire in 1992, and there was a survey a few years ago that I think listed $5000 - $5500 as still the average amount of the advance for a first genre novel. It would be really nice if that figure went up, though.

ETA: miketo provided the link to Tobias Buckell's author advance survey

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Toby Buckell has the survey at his Web site.

I continue to be saddened by the number of idiots readers who don't understand how book publishing works, yet demand that writers produce more "product" for less money. *sigh*

Thanks for the link!

I think people put a lot of weight on the fact that some writers break out and become bestsellers, like J.K. Rowling, and so on. But that's like saying some people who buy lottery tickets win the million dollar pay off.

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If you have any questions about process, do feel free to ask me. It would probably make a good LJ post. :)

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No prob, I'll make a big post on Monday about this. And hopefully some other people will weigh in on the bits I don't know about. I have a feeling category romance has even smaller advances and a drastically shorter shelf-life than SF/F. And I don't think YA is that different, but I think younger children's fiction (like under 10 years) and storybooks are, but again my info maybe out of date.

It occurs to me that it's a lot like the way people think of actors. There are a few superstar writers or actors who break out and become bestsellers or moviestars, but that is not the average artist, most of whom need a day job to pay the bills. Those hyper-successful few are the ones the public are most aware of.

Yeah, it is a lot like that.

By the way, thank you for writing The Death of the Necromancer. I'm rereading it yet again, and once again loving every last moment of this book. Of all your works, this one and your rewrite of The Element of Fire remains my favorites, and books that I have not gotten tired of reading again even though I must have read it twenty times at least. That is the sign of a truly good book.

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