Publishers Marketplace recently provided a flood of statistics on author/publisher relationships. Surprising to me, half the author respondents expressed dissatisfaction with their respective publishers. It must be mentioned, however, that the poll was potentially skewed.
While Writer’s Digest sponsored the survey, 40 percent of the author respondents were from Hugh Howey’s WOOL blog. Regardless of this, I have to believe those who participated expressed their honest feelings. And a clear dichotomy existed.
The advances paid to these authors ranged on average from $5,000 to $7,500. Those writers expressing the greatest happiness with their respective publishers were writers earning high advances or strong royalties.
The likes and dislikes fall into the “duh” category, as what would one expect? However, it points to how hard it is for any but those in a select group to work full time at writing. A survey taken not long ago indicated that most full time writers earn less than $20,000 a year. Not exactly a living wage, and certainly not near enough for someone supporting a family.