If you write a bestseller or have your book made into a movie, you’ll never have to work again – true or false?

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“If you write a bestseller or have your book made into a movie, you’ll never have to work again, or so the myth goes…”

In case you missed it,  here’s a link to an excellent article in today’s Huffington Post by the writer Sara Sheridan about the truth behind what writers earn.  If you want to know the answer to the question, you’ll have to read the article ;o)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sara-sheridan/writers-earnings-cultural-myth_b_3136859.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

 

 

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2 Responses to If you write a bestseller or have your book made into a movie, you’ll never have to work again – true or false?

  1. Kendra says:

    Thanks Marianne,
    That is an interesting article. I always knew the answer to this was was no. I was disgusted to learn about the bonuses at Random House from Fifty Shades of Grey being paid to everyone except their authors. I think that Sara Sheridan is right though and the expectation is that writers are meant to write for the love of it and not be concerned with money, even when they don’t have any.

    • It is a really well written, thought provoking article. This idea that writers should write for love and that money is a sort of distraction is bizarre. I don’t know why it persists but it does – those Romantics did too good a job! And either because of this, or maybe it is for some other reason, writers are perceived as the bottom of the chain within the publishing industry. I do think, however, with all the changes brought about through digital technology, publishers no longer have the clout over writers they used to have. I am sure I read than Jim Carey is going it alone and “self publishing” along with many others. The worm has turned and writers are taking control of their writing futures and that includes their publishing futures. We may not make a heap of money – though, like Sara, I am doing better than average – but we weren’t making a whole heap of mony before anyway!
      Thanks again for comment 🙂

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