Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Writers: A raw look at the dollar signs

On Tuesday, author Ellery Adams bared it all on her agent's blog. She served up a mixture of sobering details and inspiration all at once.

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: Ellery Adams Bares All: "Ellery Adams A Deadly Cliche Publisher: Berkley Pub date: March 2011 Agent: Jessica Faust ( Click to Buy ) Author web sites: www.elle..."

Adams broke down her career by the numbers: books published, word count, page count, advances as well as money she spends on promotion (25 percent of her advance) and money her publisher provides zero.

It's a great reminder to keep your day job, if you have one. And, that writing and getting published is hard work.

I loved this near the end of Adams' post:
Times I’d trade this life for another — Every time one of my books is released and fails to make the NYT list. And then I get over myself and go right back to work.
I agree with Sharon Bially's comment on the blog: "I hope this post goes viral and boosts your sales!"

So, say thanks, share Adams' blog post with your friends, visit her website or pick up one of her books.

2 comments:

  1. youch, those numbers are painful. It's a good thing I'm not in it for the money...

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  2. Lynda the numbers also make me feel very unproductive.

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