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The Truth About Publishing

Author Ian Irvine has put an extensive article called the 'the Truth About Publishing' up on his site that tells beginning authors what to expect when publishing (or trying to publish) popular fiction. It's an even handed, well thought out thing, and talks about royalties and money and print runs without an ounce of complaint about the situation (does everyone remember that Salon.com article?) and never tries to shamelessly promote his own work. Here's a quote:

"Most book advances in Australia, the UK and the US are less than $10,000. Surprisingly, most advances in the UK and US aren’t a lot higher than here [Australia--Ben], despite the much bigger markets. Why not? There are a lot more titles published, a lot more competition and, in the case of the US, much more fragmented markets...

When you finally get the advance, don’t spend it on something wasteful like food, clothing or rent. You’re going to need every penny to promote your book, because the chances are that no one else will (see Lesson 13)."


Here.

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bodhichitta0
Aug. 16th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)
I loved that. And from what little I know, he is dead, spot on. I read a great book for "beginners" some years ago called "Making a Literary Life" by Carolyn See. She has some great observations in there too. You're either a writer or you aren't and it's great to have the street creds of being published but it's a long journey and there has to be something else in there for you as well, or you'll never make it.
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