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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How Much Do Novelists Make?

Posted by on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Jonathan Evison, remembering where all the money went.
  • Jonathan Evison, remembering where all the money went.
$0 The amount that Jonathan Evison made for his first eight books—six novels, one memoir, and one story collection—which he says "were all unpublished, and will mercifully remain unpublished."

$4,500 The advance that Soft Skull Press gave Evison for his ninth book, and first published novel, All About Lulu. The money was "paid out in two payments, half on signing, and half on publication."

$300 Approximately how much Evison made a week at his day job as a landscaper. He worked 25 hours a week—"just enough to get by"—while writing and editing Lulu.

$0 Amount Soft Skull paid to send Evison on tour in support of Lulu...

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