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Author Launches Book Holding Contest

How many books can you hold at once with all the covers facing forward? Prince of Thorns author Mark Lawrence has challenged his readers to test their book-holding prowess.

In the photo embedded above, reader Bradley held these books: Shadow’s Edge, Way of Shadows, The Jordan Rules, Desert Spear, Stormdancer, Beyond The Shadows, If I Die In A Combat Zone, The Warded Man, Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns, This Book Is Full Of Spiders, John Dies In The End, The Whore Of Akron). Check it out:

Send me a photo of you holding up a book you like (cover forward) and I’ll post it here. (empire_of_thorns@yahoo.co.uk) You are more than welcome to hold up books you’ve written. The more books you hold up at once, the higher up the list I’ll place you. rules: 1) Books all face forward 2) Only one person holding 3) No photo shop 4) No solid supports (shelves, metal frame etc). There will be a prize… of some sort.

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The Financial Reality of a Genre Novelist

If you have dreams of selling your science fiction, fantasy or horror novel and getting filthy rich, you need to adjust your expectations. We’ve collected three testimonials from genre writers below to help aspiring writers to maintain realistic expectations.

Horror novelist Brian Keene gave a speech at Towson University’s Borderlands Boot Camp recently, laying out some frank statistics for aspiring genre novelists. Here is an excerpt:

The average advance these days, for a genre fiction novel, ranges between $2,500 and $10,000. That’s right. The novel you spent a year working on only earns you between $2,500 to $10,000 at first. When the book is published a year later, that advance will have long been spent. And you probably won’t see a royalty check until another year AFTER your book has been published (provided enough copies have sold to earn out your advance). So it will actually be two years from that advance check before you get paid again.

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