John Scalzi, who among other things writes Whatever, a popular blog, wrote an entry a couple of days ago titled Unasked-For Advice to New Writers About Money . If you’re a freelancer you’ll find the post interesting and informative and with Scalzi’s writing style, entertaining as well. Just read the post already.
I made $164,000 last year from my writing. I’ve averaged more than $100,000 in writing income for the last ten years, which means, for those of you who don’t want to bother with the math, that I’ve made more than a million dollars from my writing in the last decade. …
Why am I offering this entirely unsolicited advice about money to new writers? Because it very often appears to me that regardless of how smart and clever and interesting and fun my fellow writers are on every other imaginable subject, when it comes to money — and specifically their own money — writers have as much sense as chimps on crack. It’s not just writers — all creative people seem to have the “incredibly stupid with money” gene set for maximum expression — but since most of creative people I know are writers, they’re the nexus of money stupidity I have the most experience with. It makes me sad and also embarrasses the crap out of me; people as smart as writers are ought to know better.
Then, prolific writer that he is, John Scalzi followed it up with another entry further elaborating on a couple of points. That post is also worth reading.
Since I am in the linking mood, I’ll also point you to a post by Jim C. Hines (via John Scalzi) giving his perspective on the money thing.
And finally, at the end of the three-course meal, here’s an excellent dessert titled Writing advice they don’t want you to read .
If that meal don’t fill you up then nothing will.