Monday, 6 August 2012

How much can you earn from a pocket novel?

The prolific Sally Quilford, who has sold half a dozen pocket novels over the last couple of years, has added up what you can earn from them, after reselling them to a large print publication, and earning PLR and ALCS payments.

Take a look at her post, here. And if you were reluctant to try writing them because of the low initial payment from My Weekly or People's Friend, think again, as the total earnings can make it much more worth while.


Sally Quilford said...

The extra earnings are certainly something pocket novelists take into account when we write them, Kath.

When we all saw the new Easy Reads, our first question was 'will we be able to sell them for large print publishing?' (and as far as we can tell, we will).

If you can write them reasonably quickly, then it's well worth it.

Geraldine Ryan said...

However, you could still do all those things if My Weekly paid more. I do think the power is with the writer. If they like your pocket novels and think of you as a valuable asset they ought to be prepared to pay a more reasonable amount than a paltry £300. It's a bit like someone working three jobs to get a living wage - it shouldn't be necessary in a fairer economy.

I do applaud your work ethic, Sally, though - not to mention your generosity in sharing the info you get. I wouldn't have known about Ulverscroft had it not been for you so I'm very grateful for that!

Sally Quilford said...

I do see your point, Geraldine, but as I love writing them anyway, it doesn't matter to me. But it's fair to say I've personally earned more writing pns than I ever did writing short stories. I try not to think too much about why that is ... Sob

Patsy said...

Thanks for the link - I'll take a look.

btw, I'm giving you the sunshine blog award. More details over at mine.

Diane Fordham said...

That is interesting - thanks for sharing :-)

Anonymous said...

I thought this subject had been put to rest. The answer is, however it's 'spun', not a lot.