I've been wandering around these boards for a few days and while we discuss stories and writing and the process and the art and the fine details of the craft there is a little question that I have yet to come across. I know that most of the people at SFFw write from the heart. Personal satisfaction is what burns in the cylinders, a dark, locked and private drawer is the final destination for most of the stories(if/when completed) There are a few members who have become published, and a few established authors have begun frequenting these digs, but still I haven't seen the answer to my question... What's the money like? I know there are people out there who write novels for a living, as thier primary job. What do they make? Or, for the budding author, how much should be expected for a rookie novel? So often I hear about people who have published their third, fourth book and still writing is not their primary income. It is an art, and while there is great personal satisfaction to be found in the creation, I personaly believe that art is inherently a public form of communication. Like any other artform the cliche of the starving artist is not uncommon even after becoming 'established' and developing a following of loyal readers. It is clear to me that if fame and fortune are your goal then authoring is not a logical career choice... But not all the names on the spines of all those books lined up at the bookstore can be attached to a starving artist. Some of those authors must be making a respectable living - at least something that Grandma can brag about at the pinocle games. Clearly the industry generates money, if there wasn't a profit there wouldn't be so many outlets... But where does the money go? Just thought I'd toss out a newish topic: Money. What can an author expect to make? How much do you want to earn from your writings? Have you seen S. King's paycheck and how much was it for?