You are kidding, right? There is no money in fiction writing for the majority of authors. We write because we want to, and hope that someday we can actually pay the rent doing this. Some superstars make the megabucks, maybe a few dozen out of the thousands of published authors. People love to read a good story that makes them feel different emotions, but not many people want to part with hard-earned cash. I dont mind people sharing my book when theyre out of work, hubbys sick, etc., but I honestly prefer that they buy their own copy. Royalties are always minuscule, after the publisher, the agents, and the other middlemen take their cuts.