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Debut author gets ‘six-figure advance’ for first ever picture book about a cat

9 April 2016

From The Mirror:

A first-time author has landed a new deal for a picture book about a cat – reported to be worth six figures.

Brendan Wenzel’s deal with Chronicle Books came following his treatment of They All Saw A Cat.

The deal includes this title and one other which is yet to be named.

They All Saw A Cat is the New York-based author and illustrator’s debut book, and offers animal-eye perspective of an cat who, in various guises, seems to be friendly or fierce, depending on the perspective of viewer.

Link to the rest at The Mirror and thanks to Meryl for the tip.

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21 Comments to “Debut author gets ‘six-figure advance’ for first ever picture book about a cat”

  1. Brendan’s hefty deal is good news for those who fear that the publishing industry has been overtaken by ebooks and Kindle readers.


    (my thought is… I wonder if it will earn out.)

    • My thought is: Hasn’t there EVER been a picture book about a cat before this one? Or is that just a badly written headline?

      • I still have a Kliban book about cats from the 70s. The headline should read something like “first time author’s book about cats”…

    • My fear about the publishing industry is not that they’ve been overtaken by ebooks and Kindle readers, but that they don’t know how to run a business.

      This news does not do much to allay that fear.

      • I’m glad I’m not the only one that had the same thought.

      • They don’t. My MFA program required us to study/discuss the corporate publishing industry, including contracts and distribution, and none of it made any sense. From the ground up. That’s why I went on to get an MBA in marketing — when publishing is a button, marketing is what drives that discoverability buzzword.

        (I know neither degree is particular popular to most, but I found them both extraordinarily useful. I’d love to see MFA programs replaced by three-year courses in being an author — one year of craft/mechanics, one year of technical/IT, and one year of marketing plans and SMART goals.)

  2. Wile overcoming the fear that the publishing industry has been overtaken by eBooks and Kindle reader this news also reinforces the stereotype of Legacy Pub…oh, never mind.


  3. See, there are still big advances! Come back! Don’t you dare self-pub — let us tie you down! (We’re afraid you might have the next adult coloring book craze!)

    Now regular writings, eh, we’ll toss ya a couple bucks just so we can lock your work down with our contracts … it’s a control thing.

    We’re all about culture you see …

  4. Not entirely sure why, but this reminds me of the debate over whether Caligula really intended to make his horse a consul of Rome.

  5. Hasn’t this happened before with the grumpycat phenomenon?

  6. Smart Debut Author

    This must be the kind of “expensive nonfiction” that Shatzkin says we need publishers for, and is afraid we will lose forever in an indie-dominant world.

  7. The good thing about self-publishing is that, since Big Publishing thinks this will be a best-seller, Indies can start making their own picture books about cats, and by the time Wenzel’s book comes out a few years from now, the market will already be flooded with picture books about cats.

    • the Other Diana

      Apparently they don’t know about Pete the Cat, or Splat the Cat. Both of which are now banned in my house.

      No more cat books!!!!

      I will allow The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat, but my 4 yo is already well past reading that one.

  8. Tradpub now trumpeting “We haz cat pictures.”

  9. No recognition of Samurai Cat?

    One has to wonder about The Mirror’s fact checking. It took less than a second to produce a large variety of lists including this 360+ book list on Goodreads labeled “Picture Books about Cats” https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/705.Picture_Books_about_Cats

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