Sarah Ann Hall

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87. How to succeed as a novelist – the facts

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Facts to make you feel better, or worse, about writing, but all are interesting.

Neil MacDonald Author

At last, there’s some real data, which busts a lot of myths. Jim Hines, a fantasy writer, published a survey of 246 novelists and now we know what the elements of success look like. The sample is probably not representative, being made of people who chose to respond to Jim, and it seems to be biased towards writers of YA, fantasy, sci-fi and romance. It also defines a successful author as one who earned an advance of at least US$2,000. Though the data is far from clean, it’s a great deal better than the hunches, prejudices, and sheer opinions that I’ve had up till now.

People tell you all kinds of things about how to succeed. Get an agent. Self-publishing is the way to go and you’ll net an offer from a traditional publisher. Others folks say, put in your time publishing short stories to earn your spurs. Do an…

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Written by Sarah Ann

July 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm

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  1. Great information. Thanks.

    athling2001

    August 6, 2017 at 3:23 am


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