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He claims his Amazon best-seller made NOTHING


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.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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