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Profit Beyond Hollywood: Where Fiction Writers Can Find New Paths to Profit During the Writers Guild

The Writers Guild of America strike is sparking an essential dialogue about the value fiction writers bring to the economic table and the fair compensation for that value. At the heart of the strike is an effort to remind Hollywood that their profits are dependent upon the fiction writers whose creative talents provide the foundation for the movies, TV shows, streams, and podcasts that earn Hollywood its money.

Hollywood is, historically, one of the few places where fiction writers can reliably sell their work for premium prices. That’s something the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) is counting on to be their bargaining chip.

As a national bestselling author whose books and publications have sold over a million copies, I know their pain intimately.

Traditional publishing contracts don’t pay like they used to. A generous traditional publishing contract may extend a small advance on royalties to the author — usually less than four figures — but that advance must be paid back in book sales before the author sees another dime.

Read the rest of this article on Medium to learn more about Joylynn's conversation with Opportunity Prospector and award-winning Creative Strategist, Brandy M. Miller, on how to make the most out of being a fiction writer and how the "Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business" 6th annual conference can help you do it.


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