Wasn’t it Dorothy Parker who said the two most beautiful words in the English language were “check enclosed”?
It’s been too long since I posted some nitty-gritty stuff on the business of being a writer. Fortunately, John Scalzi — who made over $160,000 last year as a novelist and freelancer — has some good ones: Jim C. Hines on being realistic about your income prospects, at least at first; Catherine Shaffer on getting started as a freelancer; Jennifer Jackson (a real live literary agent) talking about what you expect to get for your first book advance; Jay Lake on the benefits (literally) of having a day job.
John Scalzi himself is auctioning off a bound manuscript copy of his forthcoming novel Zoe’s Tale in order to raise money for the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust. You can find it on eBay through Feb. 25. May we all get so successful this year that our manuscripts become sought-after items on eBay, too.