Tuesday, October 27, 2009

When you read about a writer getting such and such advance, they don't get it all at once you know. Well a few do, but most don't. First you get a chunk when you sign the contract. Then you get another chunk when you delivery your manuscript and its accepted by the publishers, the D and A check. And I delivered my manuscript on July 1, 2009 and it was accepted by my publisher not long after. This means it will be published sometime in the future. Don't know when yet. But here it is, a few days before Halloween and I'm still waiting on my D and A cheque. Some things never change; you write, send it in and wait for the cheque.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I'm back

Hey. I'm back. ANybody miss me. No. I can tell. Anyway a lot has happened since I wrote my last post. I finished my novel in time for the publishers deadline. All 94,000 words of it. And usually the editor suggests changes, etc. before the novel is deemed acceptable. That's important because you don't get the next advance cheque, the delivery and accepted (The D&A) cheque until this happens. But in my case, my editor just asked me for a synopsis of the book, a description of two or three key characters and a possible book jacket idea. And when I did that, I would be eligible for my D&A cheque. My agent was shocked by this development, claimed she had never heard of such at thing in her long career and added that this means my editor must really like me and trust me. So happiness at that. However, a couple months later and the D&A cheque hasn't arrived. My editor has approved it and sent the required paperwork to the publisher but the accounting system seems to be slow. I know the money is coming but unfortunately (for me at least) the Canadian dollar is almost at par with the US dollar.

That's about it for know. I will keep this updated more regularly this time.