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I’ve compiled the 2016 Novelist Income Survey results into a single pdf report. I added a few things and corrected a couple of errors and omissions. You can download that report at the following URL:

http://www.jimchines.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2016-Novelist-Income-Results.pdf

You can also check out the anonymized data at:

http://www.jimchines.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Results.xlsx

This has been a lot of work, but I think the results were worth it. Thanks one final time to everyone who contributed in any way, from sharing your data to spreading the word to offering suggestions and critique on my analyses.

If you see any mistakes, please let me know. Otherwise, I’m gonna go take a breather…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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cloudscudding
Mar. 7th, 2017 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for doing this again. There are some interesting conclusions to be drawn from this data, and I've enjoyed discussing it with my spouse (he's the big data person, I'm the writer => he has learned way more about the book industry than he ever expected).
netmouse
Mar. 8th, 2017 05:24 pm (UTC)
It was really interesting for me to think about this survey last week. I was in a history writer's group, receiving a talk from someone who has had some good luck publishing "postcard tourism" history. He has combined a hobby taking pictures of mostly buildings with a hobby of writing about history and gotten some books produced, where there are large pictures and maybe a paragraph or two for each picture - something you can easily pick up and put down again, having learned some small thing.

And he basically asserted that nobody makes much of any money of this stuff anymore, which is why more and more people are just giving it away via blogs and such. HE hasn't made much money on it, anyway.

And I thought, wow, wasn't that discouraging. And also not necessarily representative. And I'm just glad people like you bother to collect actual data about things. I really am.
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