Spoiler warning. This is a bit of a snark, a rant even. Nothing on the level of a Chuck Wendig rant, but a good one for me. There is an author who says that his Amazon best seller made him nothing. You can find it here.
I have a few issues with this, which I shall just jot down below.
He claims that it’s not a life changing sum and yet it allows them to get child care for two days a week so he can write more. How on earth is this not life changing? That’s more than most can afford and could have actually given him the chance to be at home more with his children in their early years, something that many fathers would want.
Furthermore, unless he spent 7.5 hours a day, five days a week, with 20 days annual leave, and a few bank holidays, actually sat down and writing that book, that’s a bloody good sum. Let’s say he spent three moths solid working on it, that’s still a bloody good sum. Let’s says that in reality, he actually spent only a full month – 160 hours – that goes from bloody good to pretty damn awesome!
There are a lot of people putting a lot more hours in for a lot less of a return. My first full-time job was £7500, granted it was a few years ago now but still, I had to work an entire year to earn that.
Maybe if he hadn’t compared his earnings to the stellar earnings of people such as James Patterson or even Richard Castle (:)) he wouldn’t be so damned ungrateful, whilst demeaning people who work their arses off to earn less than that.
The headline itself also annoys me. He made 12000 bits more than nothing. Was it designed to be click bait? I don’t know, but it’s obviously a cheap, tabloid-like attempt to get people to click. Bloody got me clicking.