Quotable (#169)

The hardscrabble frontier:

… it’s no surprise that writers have been pouring over the new Author Earnings report released this week. […] … Are the numbers in the report encouraging or depressing? Well, that depends on your point of view. The Author Earnings authors are very enthusiastic: “We live in exciting times. Today it’s possible to be a full-time professional author, quietly earning $50,000+ a year — even six figures a year — without ever sending a query letter to anyone.” […] Others will likely find it pretty depressing that in the entire industry of book publishing, where over a million books are published a year, a mere 2,500 authors can be found making median US wage.