“Remember Me, When You Have Your Mansion!”

When my first book came out, this was exactly what the Chairman of my day job said to me. True? I wish!

It’s not his fault. He subscribes to the same myth that most people with no experience of the publishing world does. We all remember the success of J K Rowling and E L James.  I admit, I thought the very same: perhaps I can write books and live off the royalties? However, the reality is very different.

Sara Sheridan examines this issue in her recent article, What Writers Earn: A Cultural Myth, for Huffington Post. She quotes the median average earnings of a professional author in the UK as £12,330. Although there is a caveat on this – the information is based on 2005 figures, the last available, and she claims that the Society of Authors believe that the figure has now decreased in real terms. This suggests that even a contract with one of the big six is unlikely to match the day job of someone earning a national average wage. You may be lucky and have another source of income. If you do, great! If you don’t then the reality of this is that most new writers squeeze their work into those spare moments around a day job that pays the bills.

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Shhh! It’s a Secret

I’m a very visual person with an overactive imagination (or so my mother constantly told me when I was young). I like to step into my character’s shoes, want my reader’s to feel their journey. As writers, we painstakingly research our novels: probe the internet, read books, articles, interview others. But sometimes you need that … Read More →

Worth Its Weight In Gold…

Diary of a Newbie Novelist  By now, many of you will know that my book was released early, just two weeks ago. When I got the email to say it was published, I was thrilled (after recovering from spluttering my tea into my lap in surprise) and did a little dance of excitement around the … Read More →