A Survey in my Inbox
I opened my e-mail in-box this morning and found a survey from Barnes and Noble and the Authors’ Guild. Would I like to participate? I considered it, started, and then began to get a little unhappy. I bailed out at the half-way point and will not continue.
The Authors’ Guild is interested in author publishing choices and incomes. I have no problem with the first part, although the lack of anonymity bothered me. You have to enter the title of your most recent book published under your own name, and later on you are asked about income. Right there, I got a little hesitant. What about those of us who only use a pen name/names?
I dropped out of the survey when they wanted relatively detailed income and expense information from several years. I understand why they want it. However, I do not care to have that sort of information out in the wild. General figures, certainly. “How much did you make last fiscal year?” Answer: not as much as I’d like. “How much do you plan to make this year?” Answer: More, G-d willing. When someone starts asking for net, gross, and so on, no, sorry.
One fascinating thing was the number of professional writers’ organizations you could choose from. At least twenty were shown, of which I’d only heard of five. Given that I don’t write literary fiction, it’s not a surprise that I would not have heard of the literary-author oriented groups.
*Edited to correct a detail, 6/21 at 1404.