July 17th, 2009

Money, money, money

Count me as one HUGE fan of Life As We Knew It. (It and The Hunger Games top my best YA list for the last couple of years.) (Yes, I love those post-apocalyptic novels. If you do too, even if you’re an adult, read one of these instead of One Second After, with it’s stock characters (even named Mary and John!), grammatical errors, weird paragraphs breaks, and stilted dialog. Oh, and the climatic battle scene between the townspeople and the evil biker cannibal gang takes place off-stage!)

Anyway, Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It has been a huge, huge success, showing up on the NY Times bestseller list and numerous state award lists.

Do you know how much her advance was? Well, neither did I until I read Sue’s blog. Just $20,000. You can read her musings about money, advances and royalties
here.



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Selling the book to the bookstore

Nathan Bransford had a guest blogger who explained how publishers try to sell books to bookstores – the step many authors are unfamiliar with.

“Sales of your previous books, sales of “comp” titles, your platform as an author (as described on the fact sheets), the book’s cover, the current economic climate, events in the news, &c all contribute to how many copies of your book a given account will buy. If you’re lucky—either because you’re a big shot or because you happened to write a book about the life and times of Michael Jackson a few months back—the orders for your book could be HUGE, say, 10,000 copies. This will qualify your title for promotion, e.g. placement on that magical table at the front of the store, and so brings us to the second half of my job: promotion, through a system we call co-op.”

Read more here.



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Cooking LIght calls my name again!

Regular readers of this blog might remember when I was chosen by Cooking Light to have a workout designed especially for me. [You can see it here.] [Full disclosure: the woman in the photos is not me. Unfortunately.] Getting a boxing routine was the funnest thing ever. As a result, I have strong arms, and have since taken kickboxing, Muay Thai, and kung fu classes.

Well, now I've been picked again! My money-saving tip on eating out has been picked [full disclosure: along with many others, I presume] for the October issue. I feel all giddy!



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