Book Revenues and Mardi Gras

by Jeff Abbott on February 24, 2009

I had multiple computer issues the past few days (see the adapter to my laptop start to smoke, even though I warned it that smoking is bad for its health) and so no blogging, but I’ll be back soon. In the meantime, the strangest juxtaposition of topics ever:

Nathan Bransford gives the lowdown on how much authors make per book. (But remember this is only an example, using example numbers.) So if you’ve ever wondered if every copy sold makes a difference–the answer is yes.
And I hope everyone has a safe and happy Mardi Gras. It feels weird to think of Mardi Gras in this economic situation–but hey, we need to find happiness in the bad times as well as the good. I have many fond memories of Mardi Gras, and indelible quotes from Mardi Gras past:
“Don’t you boys pee in my yard!” (um, we weren’t)
“Throw me something mister!” (repeat as needed during the parades, usually about five thousand times until laryngitis sets in)
“Don’t swallow the baby!” (yelled at a Mardi Gras novice who was devouring a King cake way too fast)
“You have so many beads on you it looks like a plastic turtleneck.”–said to me after a particularly profitable Krewe of Iris parade after my bead-begging reached a new level of shamelessness
“If I can tell you where you got your shoes, will you give me $20?” (an old New Orleans street con, usually perpetuated on tourists by little kids who should know better)
And today’s Mardi Gras quote:
“I’m off to do the taxes.” Yes, I feel a bit removed from the revelry today. I should save taxes for Ash Wednesday, but I’ve got too much to do.
Happy Mardi Gras to all, and love to you, New Orleans.

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    Kristan February 24, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Yes, that NB post was great!
    Urgh, good luck with the computer issues… I know I always feel very stressed when my beloved technology is fritzing. :\

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