Philip Stone, charts editor of The Bookseller, rejects much of this kind of criticism as coming from snobs “disgusted by the reality of the world we live in”. He recently pointed out that sales of Martin Amis’s books totalled £200,000 last year, compared with the £1.7 million generated by Alan Titchmarsh. “So, shock, horror, publishers have a willingness to publish popular books. Yes, by those boo-hoo, horrid little celebs. I know, outrageous!” he wrote.
So, on the usual authorial 10% (it obviously varies, but that\’s a decent rough guide) Amis made £20,000 last year from his books?
No wonder he\’s pissed……there are innumerable Mills and Boon and porno writers making more than that.