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Posts Tagged ‘Michael J. Sullivan’

How Much Do Fantasy Authors Earn?

How much can fantasy authors expect to earn when they publish books? Few writers actually share their earnings, but it can be enormously helpful for aspiring authors.

On Reddit, traditionally published fantasy author Paul S. Kemp and self-published fantasy author Michael J. Sullivan pulled back the curtain on their yearly earnings. Kemp said that he does not “expect to quit my day job anytime soon.” He spoke frankly about his writing finances:

I’ve been doing this twelve years now. When I started, I earned $5-7K per year. As my backlist and audience grew, so too did my earnings. My best year has been roughly $70K and an average year these days runs between $35-45K. Setting aside outlying years, my income from writing has been on a reasonably steady upward trajectory (ebooks are helpful here, in that your backlist stays in print essentially forever). Next year will probably be another year in the 70-100K range (due to an upcoming release and the way the payment schedule shakes out), but after that I expect things to once more regress to the mean.

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What Writers Need to Know About Goodreads

The New York Times has profiled Goodreads, undoubtedly sending hundreds of writers and publishers flocking to the site. This bustling community of readers seems perfect for writers, but it is very easy to make a bad impression on its members.

After a long Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit, novelist Michael J. Sullivan collected some advice for writers using Goodreads. His advice can spare many writers some bad experiences on the network.

Here is his most important piece of advice: “The most important thing to remember about goodreads is that members of this site REALLY hate self-promotion. Primarily because too many authors come to the site and do drive-by posts and leave. This makes their radar on such matters very sensitive. The key to goodreads is to become a member of the community first…and mention your writing only in context and when appropriate.”

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Anthology Raises Money for Sandy Relief

Author R.T. Kaelin has assembled a team of writers for a new anthology to raise money for Red Cross relief as the East Coast rebuilds following Hurricane Sandy.

Follow this link to donate and get a copy of the book. The Triumph Over Tragedy anthology will include stories by Robert SilverbergMarion Zimmer BradleyElizabeth Bear and Michael J. Sullivan, among many others. Check it out:

I reached out to fellow writers (who in turn, reached out to more writers) with the idea of putting together an anthology of donated short stories, sell them via eBook, and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Red Cross for relief efforts. As this will take time to put together, I thought trying to raise money now in exchange for the anthology later might be useful. Hence, I am here. The theme of the anthology is simple: triumph over tragedy. It will contain all sorts of stories: fantasy (traditional or urban), sci-fi, mystery, pulp, romance, action…I don’t much care what goes in it. To me, the more variety, the better as I want this to appeal to as many people as possible. The more readers, the more money to those who need it. My only guidance is that every story be appropriate for all ages.