Re: Important Kindle Request (My response to Jeff Bezos)
I realize you probably have nothing to do with this personally, but I feel like it’s worth saying, since the company’s actions reflect on you.
Having your company attempt to get writers to act as unpaid lobbyists against another company’s CEO is a crappy thing to do.
Writers? Writers don’t earn much. I write full time, and I’m very lucky to be able to do so with the support of my family. I’ve been chasing my break for about the past five years. Last year I earned £1237.97 through writing, of which about £100 was earned through Amazon. The rest was earned through work-for-hire, a system in which I retain no copyright to my work, but I do have a guaranteed payment about on par with an entry level office-worker for the investment of my time. This year I anticipate earning closer to £4500, possibly about the same next year if the work-for-hire title I’m working on at the moment sells well enough for the company I work for to offer me a sequel, giving me work for about two or three months of the year. I self publish a little and I traditional publish a little — currently have a novel I’m sending around to agents for six months before I bite the bullet on whether or not to self publish it. In total, I earned around two thousand dollars (based on recent exchange rates) last year, working just about full time as an artist.