The world of publishing is a very competitive one which is why the pay varies greatly. Do you plan on signing on with one of the big publishing houses as a salaried writer or are you considering self publishing? Do you already have a ready made audience or fan base for your work? Questions like these will help you to better get an idea of what to expect. On average pay for salaried writers ranges anywhere from $35,000 to as much as $97,000. Good luck and can’t wait to see you on the bestsellers list!