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Getting a multi-book deal–what does it mean?

Getting a multi-book deal sounds pretty dream-worthy. Like, the only thing better than getting one book published is having several, right? Well, like everything in life, there are some wonderful things about multi-book deals…and some bad.

Disclaimer: I am more grateful than you can ever, EVER know about becoming a published author. But everyday I learn new things about this whole “writing under contract” that I had no idea about before I sold my book. I don’t want you to think I’m complaining; I am merely stating the way things are in my life and also the lives of many of my author friends. C’est la vie d’un auteur. 🙂

Why Getting a Multi-book Deal is Awesome

1. The obvious reason is that you’ve just sold three books. You’re guaranteed >1 published novel–huzzah!*

2. Your first advance is kinda big. I mean, not necessarily huge, but certainly the biggest of your advance checks. Why? Because it’s your “Signing Advance”. For example, in a three book deal where each book sold for $15K, then each book’s advance will be split three ways. This means each advance check will be $5K. HOWEVER, that first signing check is nice and fat because you just signed for all three books. So you’re first check is a wopping $15K. Yippee!**

3. You can brag to people about selling multiple books because it sounds really wicked cool. (Read more…)

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Publishing Industry Lowdown (June 27-July 1)

For those of you who missed the revealing of this new feature, Sooz’s YA Publishing Industry Lowdow, the general idea is that I’d share the biggest news in the young adult and middle grade publishing world each Friday–big deals, important changes, etc.

So, let’s get started–there were a LOT of deals this week!! (Read more…)

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Sooz’s Publishing Industry Lowdown (June 20-24, 2011)

I thought I’d start a new feature: Sooz’s YA Publishing Industry Lowdow.  The general idea is that I’d share the biggest news in the young adult and middle grade publishing world each Friday–big deals, important changes, etc.

Why am I doing this?

  1. In the recent polls, that was one of the most requested things.
  2. Not everyone can afford the cost of Publisher’s Marketplace or has the time to browse through Publishers Weekly.*
  3. It’s a good way for me to stay abreast of my industry.

So, let’s get started with this weeks big news! (Read more…)

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