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. 🙂
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?