WTF John Scalzi! (Pure Awesomeness!)

So this happened.

Yup, John Scalzi closed a ten year deal (thirteen books) for 3.4 Million with Tor Books, and that’s FANTASTIC! 

Kudos to you John Scalzi, and keep being awesome!

However, a lot of people out there (mostly writers) are saying that $261 k per book is not that much, not really. Others claim that they can’t  understand why or how Mr. Scalzi got such a great deal, given his work is so…average.


Look, guys, I’m just your average writer, trying to make ends meet.  Worse of all, I (will be) an Indie, and God knows life is not easy for an Indie author. But gosh darn it, I’m thrilled for Mr. Scalzi. We should be happy for him!

Maybe Mr. Scalzi’s writing is not that great, as some are claiming (I haven’t read anything from him yet), but can you seriously look me in the eye and explain “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

No, you cannot. And I highly doubt Mr. Scalzi’s writing sinks that low.

Oh, and $261 k per book is awesome as fuck. Let’s say he makes $1,5 with every book sale: that’s almost $400 k a YEAR. For ONE book. Can 98% of Indie AND traditionally published authors out there look me in the eye and say they make more than that with ONE book?

If Stephen King said, “Oh, yeah, that’s a pitiful amount. Preposterous, just preposterous!” I’d understand. He can look me in the eye and say that.

98% of the writers out there? Nope.

Mr. Scalzi earned this deal, people.  So stop the Shadenfreude and be happy for a fellow author.

C.S. Wilde writes about fantastical worlds, love stories larger than life and epic battles. She also, quite obviously, sucks at writing an author bio. She finds it awkward that she must write this in the third person, and hopes you won’t notice.

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9 comments on “WTF John Scalzi! (Pure Awesomeness!)
  1. A.B Mood says:

    Oh wow congratulations to him 🙂 It’s such a lovely feeling when a fellow blogger makes it big as a published author.. Will hopefully get my hands on one of his books and I’m sure it’ll be wayyyyyy (add 20 more y’s) better than FSOG!

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  2. Aul says:

    Hey i’m not sure why people are saying 261k isn’t a lot. I’d be good with that 😛

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  3. An excellent commentary on being an author, published or not. I heartily concur with your thoughts.

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  4. Seems like a lot of dough to me. (: Thanks Wilde, for the like on my ‘I don’t like books’ post. Your blog is visually nice, simple and easy to maneuver.

    -Illness Adaptation

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  5. Michael says:

    So what you’re telling me is that I’ve got at least 13 more Scalzi novels to look forward to reading?!?


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