Friday, April 24, 2009

The Reality of Writing as a Business

Ok, so I stumbled on this article today, "The Reality of a Times Bestseller". I don't want to depress you all, but this article is a reality check for anyone who is motivated to write simply for the golden paycheck at the end of it all.

But also, after reading it, I have decided to use this information as a motivator to get as many writing projects in the pipeline as I can in hopes of creating a more stable stream of income from the industry.

I think it's also important to note that with added marketing perhaps the sales would be higher and thus the income might also follow.

So check it out. I'm curious to hear responses from those who read this.

The Reality of a Times Bestseller


Bill Pace said...

Came here via LinkedIn. Great -- if depressing -- article about NY TIMES Top 20. Don't let it deter you though!

Good luck.

Michelle said...

Thanks Bill! I'm going to keep plugging away.

Michelle said...

Here's additional book earnings information (these specifically for the romance genre) from Brenda Hiatt's website, "What do the various romance publishers pay...":

Christopher Laney said...

Thanks for posting. Always good to hear insider information.

Michelle said...

Thanks Christopher. If there are specific things you'd like to see covered in the blog - let me know.

1Purpose said...

Great info. Good to know the real deal. Following you on my blog.

H said...

Found you via LinkedIn, and am very glad I did -- good place you have here.

As for the article, guess it is just as well we all write for the buzz and the passion rather than the money. And here am I, trying hard to end a good IT career / business and go full time writing -- some hope :)

Keep the pencils sharp and the words flowing ...

Michelle said...

Thanks H! Thanks for following. I published your comment (but since it came up twice I deleted one-just wanted to give you a heads-up).

Scott Milhous said...

Those who truly chase their passion are the ones who usually find success whether it is financial or a sort of spiritual bliss. I applaud you and encourage you to keep writng away.

Feel free to take a look at my blog on social media for business at

Michelle said...

Thanks Scott - I'll take a look.

Jim Wisneski said...

The main thing is to just write, write, and write.
There are always people who are going to say "you can't do it". But if this is your dream, your goal, and your one thing that makes you happy - keep writing. In time, everything will happen.
My blog follows my edits and writings through my novel I just finished. If anyone is interested, check it out.



Check out my site:

Michelle said...

Thanks Jim! Good advice. That's what I plan to do. I'll check out your website. Good luck to you with your revisions.

Hywela Lyn said...

Thanks for this link, very interesting, a bit depressing but not all that surprising. Good job I'm inot writing for love not money!

(I came here from Linked In too!)

Michelle said...


Thanks for stopping by. I know, it is a bubble burster for sure, but then again it doesn't mean that we can't be in the group that works hard and surpasses those numbers.

As you can see I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about it.

For some good news, check out my post on April 29: