The Business of Writing

Back in 2014 when I first announced I was retiring from RPG publishing, I cited that running the company, which included handling other writers, first round editing, artists, art direction, approval, layout direction and approval, not to mention my own actual writing, constituted roughly 50 hours a week. And that didn’t include the actual business end of the company: budgets, sales tracking, reports, financials, et cetera.

I then stated that with the money (not) being made, overall, by us in the industry, despite the popularity of product lines like War of the Dead, that I would soon have to take a regular day job just to pay the bills.

Looking at all those factors, and having tested the fiction market for almost a year under a pseudonym, I realized that I could make more money going back to fiction full-time, for a fraction of the time requirement. Continue reading…