Aaron DaMommio: husband, father, writer, juggler, and expert washer of dishes.
Very interesting. I copied all the articles to Word, increased the font size, ported them over to my iPod, and read them while riding the exercise bike and stretching. Also read the posts Stross linked to by authors Tobias Buckell (breaking down the median advances received by both new and experienced fantasy or s.f. authors with and without agents) and by Jim C. Hines (on whether authors needed to publish short stories before getting a novel accepted--no--and if having an agent and a publisher is better than self-publishing--yes).Very informative. I'm heartened by the data about short stories (because I don't get a big kick out of reading or writing them for the most part), enlightened about the utility of agents, and educated about the paltriness of advances. On the other hand, barring royalties, looks like my goal would be hitting the piddly annual income I derive now from freelancing. But perhaps I would enjoy the process more. Of course, learning to finish a novel manuscript that I like is the first big hurdle.Doug