READER: “You just sold a novel for a million dollars. What do you do next?”
Philip Athans (author of A Reader’s Guide to R.A. Salvatore’s Legend of Drizzt): One book, good-bye. (Thank you, Steven Martin.) (Friend Philip)
Erik Scott de Bie (author of Downshadow): Immediately push for 8 more books in the series (for a total of 3 trilogies). For me, writing is about the story, not about the money. I simply would not enjoy the money if I were not writing! (Friend Erik)
Rosemary Jones (author of City of the Dead): Kiss the publisher who signed that contract! And then probably have a mild heart attack. It’s a weird quirk of the writing business that those “million dollar” contracts are based on someone’s expectation of sales. If your book doesn’t sell that much, you’re publishing poison. I’d rather have a book that sold millions of copies than a contract for a million dollars for my next book. (Friend Rosemary)
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