Tuesday, January 22, 2008

first advances

Also, please check out this blog post, a survey of first advances more than 100 debut published authors received (thanks, Writtenwyrdd, for the link).

It's cool, and, I think, pretty accurate. (Further arguments for getting an agent...)

7 comments:

Lisa said...

It would be interesting to see how this compares with other debut novels not in the fantasy/sci-fi genres.

booklady said...

That was fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Colorado Writer said...

Thanks for posting. It's nice to know.

Church Lady said...

Thanks for the link. It is really interesting.
But (may I be honest?) there doesn't seem to be much difference in the advances. A few thousand dollars for the first-time novelist. That's not make or break, to me.

I am at the point where I will forego all monies just to see my baby on a shelf. Somewhere. Anywhere.
:-)

moonrat said...

thanks, CL--i really do think the dollar value should be negligable. $1500 really isn't that different from $5000, especially since (fingers crossed) your royalties are going to earn out either way. and you know my take on large unearned advances. they make me sad.

you do need to have some advance, though--there's an old addage that if money doesn't change hands, no contract exists.

writtenwyrdd said...

I thought it was really interesting because it was specific to my genre. However, I gather it's about right for other genres as well?

Jill Myles said...

Speaking from romance, I'd say it's about right for that genre as well. ;)