Last week I posted on the difficulty of making a living from writing. This is especially true of fiction writing. What I'm wondering this week is how many fiction writers try their hand at serious non-fiction writing.
It makes sense, after all. If a short story sells to a professional market for $.05 a word, then a 4000-word story will earn $200. That's considered good! Now a non-fiction article of the same length might sell for $1 a word. Quite a difference, isn't it?
I've heard that a typical advance on a novel might be $5000. And correct me if I'm wrong here, novelists, but I've heard that unless the book sells very well, there are no guarantees of any money beyond this initial advance. Now that's pretty lousy for a year's work.
I realize that most people who write fiction do so because they love it. Yes, obviously, they would have to love it. So, let's hear from fiction writers - do you supplement your income by writing non-fiction? Have you? Are you trying to? Is it easy? Difficult? A necessity? And do you enjoy it?