I’ve just signed a contract with Adventure Publications (external link) to write a book on rockhounding and prospecting in the Southwest. Title due out late 2019. This page will be my entry point to All Things About The Book.
There won’t be a heavy emphasis on collecting sites, rather, an introduction to rockhounding and prospecting as a whole. I’ll list sites I’ve personally collected at. But more to the point, I will list as many clubs, prospecting groups, Facebook pages, rock shops and resources as I can, ones that connect people to collecting sites. I am especially interested in claim owners that allow people to work their ground for a fee. E-mail me, please. I’ll list you.
Money! Regional book writers don’t make money like Tom Clancy or J. K. Rowling. A first time author is typically offered 10% net on each sale. Let’s say a book retails for $20.00. Barnes & Noble or other booksellers typically takes 40% for each copy sold. That leaves the publisher with $12.00. Of that, the writer gets 10%. In this case, $1.20 for each book. Over a period of time, selling 3,000 copies would constitute a successful title. Or $3,600 for the writer. Less returns.
There are many good reasons for a writer to want to write a book, but for first time authors, money isn’t high on the list. In fact, well paying magazine articles rate a bigger return. $1,000 to $1,200 for a 2,500 word article is obtainable, given the right magazine. Compare that 2,500 words, written over a month or two, to a year long struggle to produce 50,000 to 60,000 words for a book. Mind you, I’m not complaining. I just don’t want others to complain. I’m not Tom Clancy. Not yet.