aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

You wouldn’t know it from this essay

But most authors don’t get paid on book tours. It kind of lumps together tours and speaking engagements, which aren’t necessarily or even often the same thing.

The article says, “Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose presidential histories include “Team of Rivals,” about Lincoln’s cabinet, charges as much as $40,000 an appearance and some seasons averages a lecture a week.” And Richard “Russo said he’d gone “in two decades from $500 and happy to get it to something closer to $20,000.””

The article doesn’t mention school visits, which are usually paid. That was a shock to me when I first entered the YA world, but now I drink the Kool-Aid.

Read more of the article here.

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