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I'm new to this board and already posted this in the Comments section before figuring this might be a better place for it. Plus I heard somewhere that persistence pays off, or was it that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. I don't know. If you've answered these questions too many times already, just ignore me.

Author Guy,

I have read in an interview or two how you feel about luck and publishing, but I want some specifics. How long did it take you to find an agent after you finished your first novel? How long did it take you and your agent to sell the thing and get it published? Did you get an advance? If so, how much was it, and did you have to sign on for another book or two? How many books did you publish before you could "quit your day job"?

Sorry if you've answered these questions already. I'm just about to do a final edit on my first manuscript and start looking for agents. I'm anxious, curious, hopeful, excited, and sick as hell about it all at the same time. If you get some time, I'd appreciate your answers and any other advice you could offer.

Thanks,

Philip

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philipw wrote:
I'm new to this board and already posted this in the Comments section before figuring this might be a better place for it. Plus I heard somewhere that persistence pays off, or was it that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. I don't know. If you've answered these questions too many times already, just ignore me.

Author Guy,

I have read in an interview or two how you feel about luck and publishing, but I want some specifics. How long did it take you to find an agent after you finished your first novel? How long did it take you and your agent to sell the thing and get it published? Did you get an advance? If so, how much was it, and did you have to sign on for another book or two? How many books did you publish before you could "quit your day job"?


Sorry if you've answered these questions already. I'm just about to do a final edit on my first manuscript and start looking for agents. I'm anxious, curious, hopeful, excited, and sick as hell about it all at the same time. If you get some time, I'd appreciate your answers and any other advice you could offer.

Thanks,

Philip


It took me nine months to find an agent, and eleven months before the book sold. It was another 14 months or so before the book came out. It sold to the movies first, for $400K. The American advance was $25K and the British advance was about $125K. I made another $100K or so in other Foreign countries on that book. I quit my day job about a week after I got the call from my agent about the movie deal. It was for Practical Demonkeeping, my first book. It was a single book contract. I changed publishers for my next book when St. Martin's didn't come up with enough money. This all happened in 1991, I think.

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Thanks so much for your swift reply! From what I can tell by reading around your site, it was Disney who bought the movie rights to Demonkeeping, and still no film after over ten years?!

Do they still have that option? And has there been any recent talk of exercising it?

Thanks again for the quick answers!

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philipw wrote:
Thanks so much for your swift reply! From what I can tell by reading around your site, it was Disney who bought the movie rights to Demonkeeping, and still no film after over ten years?!

Do they still have that option? And has there been any recent talk of exercising it?

Thanks again for the quick answers!


They bought it outright, not an option. Which means they own it forever. Last I heard they had sold it to Sony. No word on a movie or any progress on one.

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