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If the book does not bring in
enough revenue to cover the advance,
do I have to return the advance?

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By EelKat Wendy C Allen

"Let's say I have a book published by a well-known press and received an advance against royalties - if the book does not bring in enough revenue to cover the advance - do I have to return the advance - ever - down the line. (e.g. $20,000 advance, the book "nets" $10,000 - am I going to owe them $10,000 back??)"

Will you ever have to return the advance on your royalties? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. There is no standard one size fits all answer to this question, because every publisher has their own rules and by-lines governing what they do and how they do it.

For most publishers, no, you would not have to return the advance. But than again, most publishers aren't going to give you an advance to begin with. Authors getting advances as a standard practice is one of those great big urban myths drummed up by Hollywood movies. In real life it rarely happens, unless you've already sold 3 or more best sellers. First time authors are rarely going to see an advance, and only authors with a reputation for consistently producing bestsellers get large advances.

When you see news reports talking about giant advances being given to new authors - remember that the REASON these reports became news, was because it is such a rare event that news reporters jump on the story. For every $10,000 advance there are 3million authors who did not receive a penny of advance. Never forget that. It's important to remember, because if you get hung up on making money, you'll never succeed as an author.

I remember reading an author interview once. It was with Dr. Tim LaHaye the author of Left Behind. The interviewer asked him what it felt like to become an overnight success with his first book. The author asked "What do you mean, my first book? I don't think anyone even knows my first book." The interviewer became puzzled and asked "Isn't Left Behind your first book?" The author said, "No, I have 26 other books already. This one only became famous because it was picked up for a movie." He was a minister and had written tons of books that were only being circulated through small Christian book distributors. It was a fluke that his Left Behind book got picked up by a larger book store and ended up in the hands of a movie producer. Suddenly he was getting requests from publishers to turn the book into a series, with those requests were offers of advances against royalties. Publishers began bidding against each other. He had choice which offer was best for him. He was only offered an advance because publishers wanted to jump in and get the rights to the series before the movie hit the theaters.

That's the way advances work in the real world. Don't believe the mumbu-jumbo you see on TVShows like Murder She Wrote. You as a first time author are not likely to get any advance at all, so don't plan on it, or you'll be crushed when the reality of this fact hits you.

But let's say you are one of the flukes and yes, you do get an advance. Okay. Great! Good for you! You are doing something right, because you have got the support of a publisher who thinks you are the next J.K.Rowlings.

Well, before we even look at whether or not you'll need to return the advance, let's take a look at the advance. In your example you toss out a number of $20,000.

Let's take a gander at the #s you quoted: S20,000 advance on royalties? Uhm, yeah, no. You will not be seeing that from any publisher, not even the biggest ones, not unless you are Steven King, and even than maybe not. (Remember that most of Stephen King's money comes from movie royalties not book royalties!)

Standard advance for the average first time author with the average well known large-press is $1,000 to $5,000. Most publishers figure the advance out low, estimating it so that you'll end up receiving about $1,000 to $2,000 extra via royalties, approximately 6 months to a year after the book is published.

INSIDER SECRET: This is a marketing scheme used by publishers. The way they figure it, by the time you start receiving royalties, you should have another manuscript ready to send them, and IF your first book sold enough to reach the point of earning royalties (many don't) that means you are a good risk, for them to publish another book by you.

This figuring advances to come to a $1,000 less than your total sales earnings, ensures they'll have an excuse to contact you again. When they send out that royalty check, they are hoping you'll be finishing up your next manuscript and be looking to send it out, and you'll send it to them instead of going elsewhere.

It is for this very reason, that you will rarely ever have to worry about needing to return the advance to the publisher, because publishers rarely give out advances that are as high as the expected sales.

Now that you understand the logic behind how much a publisher decides to offer you as an advance, let's now give you a swift kick in the pants to knock you off your fantasy cloud of author income delusions.

REALITY CHECK: The average large-press traditionally published fiction author makes $2,000 to $7,000 in the lifetime of their book. This is why the average "full time author" writes 4 books a year in order to earn the below poverty level income of $24,000 a year. This is also why the average full-time author also works a "regular" part time job in order to earn enough income to support their family.

Yes, you read that correctly.

AND IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT I AM GOING TO REPEAT IT:

The average large-press traditionally published fiction author makes $2,000 to $7,000 in the lifetime of their book. This is why the average "full time author" writes 4 books a year in order to earn the below poverty level income of $24,000 a year. This is also why the average full-time author also works a "regular" part time job in order to earn enough income to support their family.

Has it sunk in yet?

No?

Let's get the dancing bananas to shout it out one more time to make sure you hear it:

The average large-press traditionally published fiction author makes $2,000 to $7,000 in the lifetime of their book. This is why the average "full time author" writes 4 books a year in order to earn the below poverty level income of $24,000 a year. This is also why the average full-time author also works a "regular" part time job in order to earn enough income to support their family.

It all depends on what it says in the contract you signed. This is why you need to read every line of your contract very carefully, than have several of your friends read it, and than have your lawyer read it. All 30 or 40 or so pages of it. You want to have a great big heart to heart with everybody who read it to find out what they think it means, (they will bring up issues you had not thought of) and than have a great big heart to heart with your lawyer to find out what it actually means, and ask all your questions, and ask all the questions your friends brought up. Finally you want your lawyer and the publisher's lawyers to get together and have themselves a great big pow-wow to make sure your lawyer interpreted everything the way their lawyers did. And last of all you want to come right out and ask your editor (with the publishing house) what the publisher's policy on returning advances is. This is the only way you'll know for sure.

Keep in mind you'll have to repeat this for every single contract even if you use the same publisher multiple times.




The End?

No, you have NOT reached the end of this article! What you have reached is the end of what it currently online. The rest is coming, hopefully it'll be on here in a day or three so keep checking back. I will remove this message at the same time I put the rest of it online.

As my long time readers will already know a server crash took down most of the old free-hosted site on June 4, 2013 (which was online since 1997 and had reached 6,000+ pages). Thankfully everything was saved on a separate hard-drive and the site is being rebuilt with a new host and for the first time on it's own domain. YAY!

I am currently moving all 6,000 questions&answer articles to this site one page at a time, at a rate of about 4 to 7 new pages being added each day, so be patient. Not all links are yet clickable. This process started on September 2, 2013 and will be ongoing at least through to January 2014. (And it may be well into 2017 before all 6,000 pages will be back online if I continue at this rate of 5 a day.)








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Throughout 2013 - 2015 a slew of FAKE "EelKat" accounts surfaced, both on social networks and on forums, most were created by a woman calling herself Kendra Silvermander, or her backhoe driving cousin who drove a backhoe over my house, the same woman and her family who cut the heads off my cats, are the same people who hacked my online accounts, created a slew of fake accounts and pretended to be me, after they beat me up on November 14, 2013, leaving me paralyzed for 5 months, relearning to walk for 18 months, and clueless to their impersonation of my online due to my life threatening crippled state that had me offline from November 2013 to March 2016.

Who they are and why they are doing this remains unknown. If you know the identity of these people, please contact the FBI in charge of the investigation into their murder attempts on my life:

Agent Andy Drewer

of the Portland FBI

@ 207-774-9322 

NOTE: I was very active on forums from 1997 to 2007 and have RARELY used a forum since then. Other then the Warriors Forum and Absolute Write I have not posted on ANY forums AT ALL since 2012.

Note: My old inactive forum accounts were hacked and "resurrected" in 2013/2014/2015 by a psychotic NaNoWriMo ML who is upset over my having won a total of 27 writing contests/challenges and published 130+ novels since 2004 and and apparently (according to her emails) she has yet to win or publish anything.

If you see "me" posting on a forum at any point after 2012, know that it is likely this mysterious, and still yet unidentified "Kendra Silvermander".

More information about Kendra Silvermander and what she did can be found here.

Let's think about something here...

I'm just a harmless old lady who likes to dress like and Elf and paint everything pink and write stories about Elves having sex with Unicorns. For THAT, the residents of Old Orchard Beach, call me crazy, build a bomb, blow up my house, stand in my drive way and shoot at me, kidnap my cats, cut my cats' heads off, nail my cats' heads to my door, beat my 28 year old Shetland pony's head in, drive a back hoe over my house 3 times, filled my motorhome with feces 3 feet deep, I was paralyzed for 5 months because they trespassed up in here and beat me up, 3 years later I finally recover and start walking again and they beat me up again this time with a shopping cart rupturing 3 discs in my spine while screaming "kill or be killed remember Saco Shaw's!" and they cut my car in half. I'm sorry, WHO exactly is the crazy person here? 

Yes, I wear pink ball gowns every day.

Yes I wear fake pointy ears and long white Rapunzel wigs.

Yes, I paint my cars, my motorhome, and my mailbox pink.

Yes, I write about Elves having sex with Unicorns.

So the fucking hell what?

I haven't set foot off my land in 40 years. The only time I have contact with people is when THEY trespass on my yard and invade my privacy. And you know what? I've always welcomed them with happy smiles and open arms, made them meals and served them tea, and spent the day happily chatting with any one and every one who wanted to visit me. I love it when you people stop by to visit me as it's the only time I have any one to talk to other then my cats... oh wait... I don't have ANYONE to talk to any more, now that sociopath freaks murdered them and nailed their heads to my door!

You call me crazy because I wear pink dresses, yet THESE THREE PEOPLE are the ones who built a bomb and blew up my house!

You call me crazy because I wear pink dresses, yet THESE THREE PEOPLE are the violent trespassers who stands in my drive way and shoot at me.

You call me crazy because I wear pink dresses, yet THESE THREE PEOPLE are the ones who kidnap my cats, cut my cats' heads off, nail my cats' heads to my door, beat my 28 year old Shetland pony's head in, drive a back hoe over my house 3 times, filled my motorhome with feces 3 feet deep, and cut my car in half.

I mean REALLY stand back and look around.

All I'm doing is wearing strange cloths. I'm not the violent animal abusing, bomb building, psychopath beating up elderly women... THEY are.

There's a hell of a big difference between a half blind elderly woman dressing up as comic book characters and not bothering one damned person, and violent psychopathic criminal creeps beating her up, bombing her house, driving a back hoe over 3 more of her houses, cutting her car in half, filling her motorhome with feces, murdering her horse, and slaughtering her cats!

Old Orchard Beach has a crazy person in it all right, but isn't me... and the residents of this town need to get off their asses and tell the FBI who this white haired man and his blond wife and red haired sister-in-law are BEFORE THEY KILL ME! The red haired woman calls herself Kendra Silvermander.

I don't know who this man and his two women are. They are strangers to me. I don't know their names. And I don't know why they are doing this. Some body in this town must know who these people are ... PLEASE... the FBI is trying to put a stop to these insane hate crimes... PLEASE if you know who these psychopathic monsters are, PLEASE tell Agent Andy Drewer before they kill me. They cut my car in half in 2010. They cut my cats in half in 2015. How long do you think it'll be before they cut ME in half too? PLEASE HELP ME!

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