We received word today that Sue’s third check for her advance on The Price of Stones will be arriving in a day or two. This is a pleasant surprise, in that we’re always hearing about the crappy way publishers treat writers these days. I suspect they don’t get enough credit when they treat writers well. Viking-Penguin has been an absolute pleasure to work with, through the editorial process, through galley proofs, and into the publicity phase. They’ve been encouraging and helpful and very professional.
Another thing they have been is prompt with their payments. The advance was broken into four installments, which is pretty common these days, and we were a little leery of long waits between checks. Would they delay payment until the last possible moment every time? Would they put us through hoops to collect? The answers, happily, are “no” and “no”. Sue’s payments have arrived in a timely manner, without any snags whatsoever. This payment, for example, was due upon publication of hardcover, which occurred technically on June 10, and formally on June 14. The check arrived at our agent on June 29.
Not bad, eh? Perfect timing too, as we had just called our bank to explore options for moving our money to another type of account since our balance is on the verge of dipping below an important threshold. Now, we should be okay for several months. Hooray Viking!
To make a pleasant day more pleasant, I also learned this morning that Thaumotrope had purchased a tweet of mine for publication (today at 6 PM!). Five cents a word is nice, even if it’s only $1.20 total. Hooray Thaumatrope!
Then, as I was checking email before heading off to bed, I discovered that Everyday Weirdness wants to purchase a flash fiction from me. Hooray Weirdness!
These pleasant surprises go a long way toward making the everyday uncertainties of the writing life more tolerable. Hooray surprises!