Advances: Buy, Sell, or Hold?

What should you do with an advance, if you get one? For purely indie writers, or those who work with small presses that don't offer advances, we dream fond dreams akin to "if I won the lottery, I would . . ." I have gotten one advance, that for a non-fiction work. It was to... Continue Reading →

It’s a business

There are times when I feel like I'm the crotchety parent sitting the kids down to tell them the facts of life. No, not those facts of life but the facts of life about business.┬áIt seems like almost every week there is a blog post or newspaper article about a bad contract or troubles in... Continue Reading →

Give me my advance back!

The other day, someone asked me if publishers ever ask for their advances back. After all, there have to have been times when a publisher has signed a contract with an author and that author failed to deliver. I told the person asking that yes, publishers do sometimes ask for their money back. But the... Continue Reading →

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