Janice Jacobson asks: “In this new world of mixed publishing – print or ebook or whatever combination thereof – how do authors get paid? Do they get paid more promptly? Are they getting as much as they might have received in the print-only days? How do they track all this stuff? Is it enough to make a living?”
Given that this is tax season and writing income is on all wenchly minds, this was a timely question, Janice, thank you! For the historical perspective of publishing and how writers got paid, I cannot do better than this in-depth article on Victorian publishing. Or Anne Gracie’s lovely article on Victorian publishing in the digital age.