I’ve recently been reading my way through my TBR pile. I seem to have landed somewhere in the 1950s (give or take a few years) and have been alternating between English mysteries and “strong independent woman” set-pieces. Portable typewriters have featured prominently in many of the stories and fledgling writers have abounded. There was at least one family saved from penury by an enterprising heroine who knocked out a novel in no time at all and received a nice advance check just in the nick of time.
Even my non-fiction reading has included authors and references to advances, though in one case it was an author who had missed a deadline and had to return an advance check- ouch!
Anyway, all of this has gotten me thinking about advances and book sales and led me eventually to the question: Just how many books do you need to sell to earn out an advance? Continue reading