Notes from An Alien

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Making A Living As A Writer . . .

Let me be clear at the start, I live on a small pension and would be happy if my books make a small splash after I die.

Writing for Money

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But I blog about Reading, Writing, and Publishing so I feel a need to “cover” what I consider “important” trends.

My coverage is shaped by my beliefs about writing; and, what I consider important is often very different from what’s being screamed about on the ‘Net

Personally, I feel genre-writing is the only hope for writers who desire the social accolade of Bestseller.

Here are two links to pages that collect the posts I’ve written about genre and bestsellers

For those of you who write stories that focus on issues of vital concern to our human family—those who may not be concerned with sales numbers and are willing to trust the Fates for any large scale acceptance of their works—you may find comfort in these two posts:

The View from The Top Is Usually Blind . . .

What About All The Authors Whose Books Don’t Sell Very Many Copies?

For those of you who are committed genre-writers and are looking to make a living with your writing, there is yet another REPORT you can read

Since the report and the site promoting its results are focused on making money with self-publishing vs traditional publishing, I should declare that, on this blog, I’ve tagged 105 posts “Self-publishing” and only 24 “Traditional publishing”

Hugh Howey is one of the people who generated that new report and says:

“Anecdotal evidence and an ever more open community of self-published authors have caused some to suggest that owning one’s rights is more lucrative in the long run than doing a deal with a major publisher. What used to be an easy decision (please, anyone, take my book!) is now one that keeps many aspiring authors awake at night. As someone who has walked away from incredible offers (after agonizing mightily about doing so), I have longed for greater transparency so that up-and-coming authors can make better-informed decisions. I imagine established writers who are considering their next projects share some of these same concerns.”

Yesterday, Hugh wrote on his blog (about the effect the report is having):

“So, the reason my site just crashed is because of a little project I’ve been working on with a friend of mine. We broke street date a day early, as my co-founder and I cracked beers over Skype to celebrate the launch of and the publication of our first report, and down went all the pretty toys.”

If you’d like to read a compendious post about the effect of the report, Porter Anderson wrote this:

A Call for Writers to Organize: Hugh Howey Interview

The “Organize” in that tile refers to a survey that will turn into a petition that says:

“Authors have suffered from a lack of organized advocacy. This petition is a small gesture. It is intended to show publishers that authors would rather be partnered with than acquired. It is open to published authors, those who aspire, and the readers who value their works.”

Be Aware: all the data in the report has been generated only from Amazon

And, if you want to read a humorous take (with a sting) that brings in challenges from a fictitious composite Big 5 gatekeeper, read Joe Konrath’s post:

Me, Hugh Howey, and Legacy John on


If you’re a genre-writer and wondering about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing and how they might make you self-sufficient as a writer, all this is right up your alley

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6 responses to “Making A Living As A Writer . . .

  1. penpusherpen February 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

    as a commited (some say ‘so you should be’ :-) ) sort of part time poem-ist (Made that up) I enjoyed the read Alexander. Personally I hope your books make a BIG splash before the remote possiblity of your dying. A BIG BIG splash. xPenx


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