Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What Authors Earn

In January I was approached by the PR company who puts together Parade Magazine's annual What People Earn Issue. They wanted to feature a novelist and someone--I've no idea who-- suggested me. I was very flattered to be asked but also a little apprehensive about sharing my earnings from writing. There seems to be an assumption that authors earn a lot of money. And there is certainly the potential to earn a lot of money from writing. But 99.9% of authors, myself included, don't earn enough from writing to support ourselves full-time. Most of us have day jobs. 

My day job is in a college library, where I've worked for the past 16 years. For me, writing is a supplemental salary at best and I'm actually proud of every dime I've earned from doing something I love. Most of what I earned last year was from my self-pubbed novel Schooled In Lies. It's the fourth book in my Kendra Clayton mystery series, which I took over publishing when the series was dropped by my former publisher. 

So I signed the release form and sent in two pictures of myself with no guarantee that I'd be chosen for the WPE issue. I was! The issue came out on Sunday the 13th. Click here if you want to know how much I earned from writing last year ; ).

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Read an E-Book Week: March 6 -12, 2011

This week, March 6 - 12,  I'll be giving away a free ebook edition (PDF) of my most recent Kendra Clayton mystery, Schooled In Lies, to everyone--yes, everyone--who "likes" The Paris Secret Facebook Page. At the end of the week, I'll choose one winner from all of this week's "likes" to win The Paris Secret Playlist from iTunes!

There are tons of other giveaways this week as well as discounted e-books to be had.

Be sure to check back daily as I'll be adding to this list.

Happy E-Reading!