How Much Money Does a Novelist Make?

I would like to point out that Shadoe Publishing pays anywhere from 75% to 85% to OUR authors…yes, you read THAT right…check out our website and see WHY…

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By Layce Gardner & Saxon Bennett

As Indie authors who have had three best-selling novels in the past twelve months AND who have also had eighteen novels published with a small lesbian publisher, we are often asked this question. We don’t normally talk about finances and how much money we make but in this case we want to make an exception.

MYTH: Authors make more money if you buy their book directly from the publisher’s website.

TRUTH: Authors do not make more money. The PUBLISHER makes more money if you buy directly from their website.

That is why publishers hold on to a book at their website for a month or more before putting it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or other platforms. They make more money at their website. But they still pay the author the same amount regardless.

Here’s a typical breakdown of monies the author sees…

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EditorWhen I first started Shadoe Publishing I did NOT have an editor.  I NEVER claimed to BE an editor.  I explained to the authors who came on board that they had to FIND an editor of their own.  A lot has changed since those days and Shadoe Publishing now has several editors working with our stable of fine writers.  Why?  What changed?  Well, for one, to hire a good editor costs a lot of money.  Something a lot of authors simply do not have.  Yes, if this is news, authors are relatively poor people and can’t afford the reasonable rates that editors (who, we hope, know what they are doing).

Editors that I have seen hawking their skills run a gammit of prices.  The average that I have seen is for a manuscript of 100,000 words is $1000.  This varies of course with the editors.  Then of course you have different types of editors.  From line editors to content editors to copy editors.  You of course have all sorts of different personalities within those different types of editors.  Then you also have beta readers and proof readers, while not ‘officially’ editors, they still contribute to the end result.  (Excellent article @ Novel Publicity)


Another thing that changed for Shadoe Publishing is that we grew.  We now have  many authors, with many different submissions, who want the best for their work (don’t we all?).  We always wanted the best, now we can offer this ‘service’ to authors who, not only can’t afford the editing before they submit their script, but who can work with their publisher and editor to polish up that script.


Here at Shadoe Publishing it’s often difficult to find a ‘good fit’ because we are NOT like traditional publishing houses.  We work as a TEAM.  Finding one editor, much less many to deal with the influx of excellent scripts we are being offered, took time and effort.  Our TEAM now is proud to offer editing services to our authors, new and old.  Building a reputation with our authors, editors, etc is part our TEAM effort.

If you are considering submitting to Shadoe Publishing, we are here for you.  We are here for your ‘baby,’ and will put forth the best effort to our combined abilities to get out a great manuscript for the reading public.  To get out the best book for everyone.  We are here to help you succeed and learn how to get your book out there.

We welcome new authors as well as some of those more established…

K’Anne Meinel, fellow author and publisher at Shadoe Publishing



Shadoe Publishing proudly releases another Pocket Paperback by K’Anne Meinel: MARINATING MALICE

Book 17 Marinating Malice

Kathy needs to move on but her thoughts seem to be keeping her in the past.  It is time though.  Her wife has been dead over eighteen months.  She has a girlfriend who would like to become her lover.  Is she ready to put the past behind her and move on?

Trust seems to be the issue, not on her part but on the part of Special Agent Linda Miller, is she ready to take the next step, clues to Kathy and her wife’s past seem to intrigue her a little too much, maybe it’s the cop in her.

Things seem to be conspiring to make Kathy crazy, is she really seeing the clues that point to what she thinks she is seeing?  Her friends keep telling her that she isn’t seeing what she thinks is there. Is it all in her mind?   Is it possible that her wife is still alive or is she only brimming with hope?  Her thoughts keep her prisoner…

In both E-Book & Pocket Paperback!

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Maria Ayala’s book of Poetry is now available!

Front CoverIn both E-Book and Paperback!

 2animated-gifs-books-80For more information and a sample, please stop at Shadoe Publishing to read about Maria Ayala and her book The Tiger and the Snake.


Chris Parson’s new book of Prose is out! THE SMALL STEP JOURNEY

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I am a female masculine entity. I am not, nor have I ever wanted to be male. I am for want of a label, Butch. Some, not all butches prefer the use of semi-masculine pronouns. When typed or written they would appear as: Hy, Hys, Hym and maybe even Hir. When spoken, they sound EXACTLY the same as He, His, Him and Her.

Please do not be startled or put off by these pronouns within my poems. I ask you just to accept that most of my poems are referring to my life and my experiences, hence the use of those particular pronouns. They may indeed seem strange, but from a literary perspective, they are most assuredly not. Great poets of times gone by used these spellings though not for the same reason. Chaucer, Samuel Johnson, Sir Thomas More, and others.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy these poems as much as I did writing them. I hope they take you, via your memories and imagination on journeys. I hope you collect not only smiles but tears as you read, for if you do, then I have succeeded in what I set out to do.

Not only is Chris Parsons a talented writer of poetry but she is the photographer for the front and back of her book of prose!  Later this year Chris intends to publish a book of short stories with Shadoe Publishing!

The Small Step Journey in both E-Book and Paperback.

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Tiffany Nicole signs with Shadoe Publishing!


Tiffany Nicole was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, surviving twelve years of Catholic school guilt before joining the U.S. Air Force. After her six-year tour of duty, she found herself in college studying science, where, among many other things, she discovered her love of writing. Having started out with screenplays and branched into short stories, novels, and poetry (in that order); she has found herself writing prolifically at night while working with college students on matters of retention during the day. Tiffany’s first lesbian romance is soon to be followed up by two more tantalizing tales of Sapphic intrigue. She is an avid member and supporter of the GLBT community, and cherishes the opportunity to bring acceptance and inclusion to young people everywhere. Tiffany is an avid swimmer and athlete, and enjoys beach weather all year round in Long Beach, California.

Her first book with Shadoe Publishing is due out later this spring!

Jennis Slaughter releases a new Cookbook! MAKIN’ BACON

Bacon FrontAnyone who knows me, knows that I love bacon.  I love making Bacon Candy, Chocolate Covered bacon, Bacon Brownies… You name it, if it has bacon, I’ll eat it.  I have a new cookbook ready for all the bacon lovers.

In E-Book & Paperback!


Chris Parsons joins the Shadoe Publishing Team!

Chris Parsons with her way with words has joined Shadoe Publishing and its team of writers!  Her unique style of writing comes in the form of beautiful and powerful poetry and amazing short stories.  We look forward to the first of two books coming from Shadoe Publishing in the near future!  Welcome Chris!

NEW never before published by PRUDENCE MACLEOD



Melanie had been teenager when she’d been driven to flee Harker’s Island and the madness that surrounded her family there.  She hoped to find some peace and closure, but it is not meant to be. Small towns have long memories. Melanie has not been forgotten, nor forgiven.  When trouble erupts, will she rise up and become the hero needed to save the town, or will she walk away and leave them all to their fate?

Paperback & E-Book!  Click on the picture for your choice!

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