From regular visitor Lexi Revellian:
Three days ago, a traditionally-published author blogged under the title: HONE$TY PO$T: An Average Traditionally Published Author’s Pay. It’s a full and frank disclosure of what she has earned over the past three years from her book deals with Harper Collins. You can read a cached copy of it here – cached because within four hours, the post was taken down.
Why was it removed? It’s unusual for authors to tell anyone what their advance is, because advances these days are pretty unimpressive. You’ll probably hear about it if it’s what’s referred to as a six figure sum. But mostly, so modest is the average advance, the author prefers to focus on her achievement of having a book deal with a major publisher; people have heard of Penguin or Simon & Schuster, and will be respectful.
And publishers don’t want to disclose that they pay authors such beggarly amounts. It would certainly raise eyebrows – and maybe more authors would consider going indie.
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P.S. The author tweeted she had to take the post down for ‘contract disclosure reasons’.
Link to the rest at Lexi Revellian
As an FYI, a non-disclosure agreement in a publishing contract that prevents one or both sides from disclosing contract provisions is almost never requested by the author and seldom beneficial to an author. Typically, the publisher doesn’t want authors talking about the money they are or are not receiving.
It’s not an iron-clad rule, but some of the worst contracts from an author’s perspective include some sort of prohibition on the author’s discussion of the contract.