The Cost of Writing A Novel


Selling a book is no way to make a living. Writing a book will probably cost more than it ever earns, between lost potential wages and the emotional toll of the publishing process. Novelist Kim Triedman explains at Beyond the Margins:

I started writing my novel around 15 years ago. I was raising three kids, working part-time, and – at the outset at least – writing mostly in the middle of the night. It was not a schedule I could maintain for the long-term, and after some months I decided to leave my part-time gig and devote myself fully to the novel.

Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. His writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, The Billfold, Fiction Advocate, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog, and io9. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →