What One Novelist Earns

The Stranger talked to author Jonathan Evison about how much he earns as a novelist, and Evison respectably reveals some of his numbers, including the advance he was given for his first published novel, All About Lulu ($4,500), the advance he got for his third published novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving ($75,000), and the film rights for Lulu ($15,000), which has yet to be made into a movie. [Thanks Kirstin!]

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ThatJenn (#916)

This ties nicely into LearnVest’s article about the five money dreams to stop thinking about (the one about writing a novel and getting rich). While it would be awesome to earn any money at all off of writing a novel, and those are decidedly respectable numbers, the idea that it’s a get-rich-quick scheme is kind of hilarious.

P.J. Morse (#665)

@ThatJenn Seriously. Your chances of getting rich off a book are about as good as getting rich off lotto. On the bright side, some people can earn a decent side income, but writing a book is a lot of work.

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