The Reality of a Times Bestseller
If you haven’t checked out Lynn Viehl’s post of having an NYT bestseller and money, it’s refreshingly frank and something every writer, especially newbies, should check out.
I recall a discussion about NYT bestseller-dom at Dear Author (not linking because I can’t remember the post title) and comments to the effect that selling out a 100k MMP print run is great moneywise…even if it takes a couple of years to do so. Dudes, $60k over two years is below poverty level. And $60k BEFORE TAX over ONE YEAR is still not that great. Personally, $60k AFTER TAX per annum still wouldn’t entice me to quit the Clark Kent job. But I somehow bit my tongue at DA and let people think bestseller-dom automatically means authors are rolling in it.