Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday Round Up

A few links to help ease you through Tuesday.
  • At n+1, Keith Gessen has a thoughtful piece about how to survive, financially, as a writer:
    Once the book is published it only gets worse: the writer proceeds to the Cavalry of publicity. Advances on first books vary—about $20,000 to $60,000 for a book of stories, though sometimes higher; between $50,000 and $250,000 for a "literary" novel, though also, sometimes, higher. Even the top figure—$250,000—which seems like so much, and is so much, still represents on both sides of the writing and rewriting, the pre-publication and post-publication, about four years of work—$60,000 a year, the same as a hack lifestyle journalist in New York. But the costs! The humiliations! No one will ever forgive a writer for getting so much money in one lump—not the press, not other writers, and his publisher least of all.
  • Julie Klam hearts my blog. You can't see me right now, but I'm blushing.

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2 Comments:

At 8:17 AM, OpenID julieklam said...

I do! And I don't care who knows it!

By the way, every time I look on the Vroman's website it says there are 4 copies of my book on hand. Are they the same 4 copies or different 4 copies every day?
xo,
Julie Klam

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Patrick said...

Good question, Julie. We've sold some copies of the book, but I have to imagine that if you've checked in the past week or so that those are the same four. Thankfully, books aren't like produce -- you don't have to cycle in fresh ones every few days.

I'm going to see what we can do about moving some of those copies, though. I vow to get that number down to two or three!

 

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