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Friday, February 15, 2008

How Much Will You Get Paid For That First Novel?

Agent Jennifer Jackson has a great post on how much of your advance you'll actually get for your precious baby of a first novel - and when. It's a sobering look at the realities that reinforces you must love writing in order to put up with the government-bureacracy-like slowness of the publishing world.

Writer John Scalzi has an equally eye-popping breakdown of the fiscal realities for freelance writers. Thanks to Nephele Tempest (god I want her last name) for the links.

Brace yourself if you choose to read Jennifer's post. Kissing that publishing toad yeilds a prince who still lives with his parents and has $10,000 in credit card debt. And her example uses the high end advance you might expect for a first novel, without deducting what you might spend promoting your book all by your lonesome.

Having said that, I'm psychotically undeterred! If you are too, welcome. You're a writer.


glasshut said...

Hey, I've kissed toads before.

Tricia Grissom said...

Amen to that, sister.