Huge Advances

Yes, I’m posting again and no I don’t suddenly have the offer of a million dollar contract for my debut category romance (sniff). What I do have is a cold (double sniff). And I’m bored. I’ve finished all my ‘work’ reading (the latest modern heat) and I’m not sure if downloading any more romance will meet with Great Uncle Visa’s approval. So what better thing to do to take my mind of my woes than to do a random post about….yep, huge advances.

In the paper today was details of Audrey Niffenegger’s second novel advance. She’s the author of The Time Traveller’s Wife which was a romance thinly disguised as literary fiction. A great book in my humble opinion, even though it’s fashionable to dislike it due to its popularity (and naturally popularity must mean it’s not literary anymore). And now her second novel is apparently worth 4.8 million US. Argh!! Imagine being paid that kind of money?? I’m trying to think of the bad side, which would be the pressure, the critics waiting to shred your book, and um….anyone else think of a bad side?

Ah well, at least I can console myself with writing for the genre that apparently sells hugely during a recession. I confided this to a very well-read and literary acquaintance yesterday and felt rather smug when she looked gobsmacked. Yep, according to some stats I read somewhere, romance accounts for 50% of the American fiction market (though if this is wrong and I actually read it somewhere like the Women’s Weekly, that well-known scholarly source, then please forgive me). So I figure the only way is up. πŸ™‚

Right, speaking of which, I shall ignore Great Uncle Visa’s protest and go download some more romance while I lie in bed feeling sorry for myself. What a great way to start the weekend! What’s everyone else doing?

17 thoughts on “Huge Advances”

  1. She got how much!!!! The first was a great book, but for me, the ending didn’t work. Strong woman, waiting for him…I don’t think so. And your information about romance sales during a recession is correct. From memory, they boom along with lipsticks. But that came from some research I did on WWII, and it was a while ago…the war and the research.

  2. Cheers Lacey! I’m reading and feeling better already. πŸ™‚

    I reckon re the ending, Felicity. But yeah, 4.8 million. The cow. I’m thinking the recession might work in our favour but not to the tune of 4.8 million.

  3. I’d go mad during this recession if I didn’t have my writing contract to think about πŸ™‚ I have picked out an all inclusive holiday to Tunisia for me and the kids when I sell. I wanted somewhere totally different, but hot, with good architecture so I could explore a bit. Somewhere that would inspire me to write a second book!!

    Did I read somewhere that Presents is upping its monthly output to 12? That definitely backs up the idea that romance sells well even during the recession.

  4. I loved The Time Traveller’s Wife – one of those books I wish I’d written. Wish I had time to read all the good books again, but there are soooooooo many new ones I wanna read.

    And yep Joanne – I heard that from one of the authors today! How exciting!!

  5. Joanne, I have selling dreams and what would I buy too. Sadly mine are much more selfish – shoes, handbags, lots of other frivolous stuff. Tunisia sounds fantastic! Maybe I should be thinking holidays instead. πŸ™‚

    Presents is upping to 12?? Whoo yeah!! I wonder if they’ll increase the modern heat releases then??

    Rach, I wish I’d written it too. Especially considering her present advance.

  6. Correct me if I am wrong, but I read the Time Travellers Wife as part of our book club when I lived in the USA. At that time, it was rumoured that Brad Pitt/Jennifer Anniston’s film production company had bought the film rights. I wonder if (given the circumstances) that will ever see the light of day. 4.8 mill. When I get the call from HM&B I might just have to hold out for more…right!

  7. Hope you’re feeling better soon. it would be great if they are increasing the number of MHs released too.

    BTW I’m confused by your live traffic feed. I am definitely NOT in Lanarkshire but 200 miles north of there. Either that or we took a wrong turning at Glasgow and I’m in someone else’s house!!!

  8. What about Kircaldy, in Fife?? Is that you? I know, they’re bizarre those traffic feeds. But interesting.

    I think they are increasing the number of MHs. Just checked eHarl and for May there are three instead of two – at least I think that’s right. It’s hard to tell with the US covers.

  9. Hi Jackie

    Kircaldy, in Fife might be me as I’m only about ten miles from there. Although I know I’m sometimes Glasgow, East Lothian or Airdrie – without moving from my own living room. I suppose it depends on which way the wind blows.

    Hope you’re feeling a bit better today.


  10. Isn’t that weird? Fife must be you then Suzanne. I wonder how it works? By IP address or what? Interesting anyhow!
    Yep, I’m fine today. In fact, feeling like a bit of an idiot for making a song and dance out of it. Maybe I had a mancold. πŸ˜‰

  11. That’s some strong wind Suzanne!! We did have a gale yesterday but quite how it blew my IP address 200 miles south I don’t know πŸ™‚ Apparently you can change your location but it looked quite complicated so I’ll leave it for now.

    Nah, Jackie, if you’d been a man you would have blogged that you had flu…

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