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Academic$1,000Worldwide2018SpringerYesNoWhiteCis ManStraightNo
Moorkens Castilho Gaspari Doherty
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Academic$3,000Worldwide2019University PressNoYesWhiteStraightNo
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Academic$0North America Only2011Louisiana State UniversityYesNoWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Academic$500Worldwide2013PraegerNoNoMultiracialCis WomanStraightNo
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Academic$0Worldwide2012University PressYesNoMultiracialCis WomanStraightNo
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Academic$1,000Worldwide2016University PressYesNoBlackCis WomanNo.Asked for $1000 advance upon mentor recommendation
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Adult Literary Fiction$285,000English Language Only2018HarperCollins (and Imprints)YesYesWhiteCis WomanDemi/AsexualNoJamey BradburyThe Wild Inside
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Adult Literary Fiction$25,0002016St. Martin's PressYesKim HooperPeople Who Knew Me
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Adult Literary Fiction$5,0002018TurnerNoKim HooperCherry Blossoms
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Adult Literary Fiction$5,0002019TurnerNoKim HooperTiny
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Adult Literary Fiction$75,000North America Only2013Macmillan (and Imprints)YesYesEast Asian, White, MultiracialCis WomanStraightNoNaomi J. WilliamsLandfallsat-auction
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Adult Literary Fiction$50,000North America Only2014Macmillan (and Imprints)
Big 5 billed it as my debut but I had 2 small press books previous
YesWhiteCis WomanQueerYesAuction
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Adult Literary Fiction$160,000North America Only2012YesYesEast AsianCis WomanStraightNoat auction (started at $50K)
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Adult Literary Fiction$2,500,000North America Only2016NoYesEast AsianCis WomanStraightNoaward-winning author, already published bestseller
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Adult Literary Fiction$100,000North America Only2019Large (Big 5)YesYesEast AsianCis WomanStraightNoat auction
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Adult Literary Fiction$20,000Worldwide2003Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)YesYesWhiteCis ManGayNoCorelli's Mandolin, I'm Not Scared MFA grad, no previous publications, no other offers
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Adult Literary Fiction$35,000Worldwide2013Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)NoYesWhiteCis ManGayNoNostand-alone sequel to first two novels, continuing the same characters.
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Adult Literary Fiction$50,000North America Only2016Penguin Random House (and Imprints)YesYesBlack, East AsianCis WomanStraightNo2 book deal for 50K each
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Adult Literary Fiction$50,000Worldwide2020HarperCollins (and Imprints)YesYesBlackCis ManStraightNo
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Adult Literary Fiction$22,753English Language Only2018Hachette (and Imprints)YesYesWhiteCis WomanBi/PansexualNoNoN/A
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Adult Literary Fiction$30,000Worldwide2019Large (Big 5)YesYesEast AsianCis WomanStraightNo
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Adult Literary Fiction$20,000North America Only2013Simon & Schuster (and Inprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Adult Literary Fiction$25,000English Language Only2019HarperCollins (and Imprints)NoYesNative American/First NationsAuction
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Adult Literary Fiction$225,000North America Only2020Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)YesYesIndian/South AsianCis WomanStraightNoat auction
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Adult Literary Fiction$20,000North America Only2012Macmillan (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNoThird book, first agented sale, one offer
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Adult Literary Fiction$65,000North America Only2013Macmillan (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNoFourth book, in two-book deal with fifth book (splitting rate evenly here though we were told we would not be selling the fourth book without the fifth book)
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Adult Literary Fiction$15,000North America Only2013Macmillan (and Imprints)YesYesWhiteCis ManStraightNoWe turned down 10K more for world rights that never sold. Whoops!
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Adult Literary Fiction$60,000English Language Only2018Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)YesYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Adult Literary Fiction$40,000Worldwide2012Amazon publishingYesYesLatin AmericanCis WomanStraightNo
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Adult Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
$30,000Worldwide2005Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)NoYesWhiteCis ManGayNoNo comp titles used.stand-alone book but sequel to debut book. continues the story.
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Adult Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
$100,000English Language Only2017Penguin Random House (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis ManGayNoBeautiful Ruins, The Hours, The Masterpre-empt
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Adult Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
$65,000North America Only2013Macmillan (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNoFifth book, two book deal with fourth book
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Adult Literary Fiction, literary journalism
$100,000English Language Only2018Macmillan (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNoPre-emptive offer
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Adult Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction
$30,000Worldwide2016Amazon PublishingNoYesEast AsianCis WomanStraightNoTwo book deal
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Anthology$50,000Penguin Random House (and Imprints)NoBlackCis ManBrandon Taylorpre-empt
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Anthology$30,000English Language Only2017Simon & Schuster (and Imprints)
I was editor of the anthology; it was my first book
YesWhiteCis WomanStraightNoManjula MartinScratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a LivingMFA vs. NYC, Goodbye to All That
30K advance for an anthology with 24 contributors. I used that money to pay contributors $250-1400 each (the lower number was for reprints) and many said it was the most they were ever paid for an anthology contrib. Hasn't earned out.
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Anthology$20,0002020Running PressRebecca PodosFools in LoveSplit.
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Anthology$18,000English Language Only2014Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Anthology, "Erotic" Fanfic $10,000North America Only2016Hachette (and Imprints)YesNoWhiteCis WomanBi/Pansexual, QueerNoAmy StephensonLoose LipsNoBig names in the anthology, NYT bestsellers etc.
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Anthology, Literary Fiction$10,000North America Only2020&NOW booksYesNoWhiteNonbinary/AgenderQueerJD ScottMoonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the DayTechnically fellowship money and not an advance because publication came via a prize.
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Anthology, Literary Fiction, Short Story
$25,000Worldwide2014Hachette (and Imprints)YesYesWhiteCis ManStraightNo
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Anthology, Literary Fiction, Short Story
$10,000Worldwide2012Macmillan (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo2nd book, 2nd story collection
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Anthology, Literary Fiction, Short Story
$25,000Worldwide2015Macmillan (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo5th Book, 3rd Story Collection.
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Anthology, Literary Fiction, Short Story
$50,000North America Only2010Penguin Random House (and Imprints)YesYesIndian/South AsianCis ManStraightNo
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Anthology, Literary Fiction, Short Story, BIPOC
$50,000Worldwide2016Simon & Schuster (and Imprints)YesNoBlackCis WomanStraightNoYesEstablished deal that I inherited
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Anthology, Non-Fiction$25,000Worldwide2017Large (Big 5)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Anthology, Poetry$7,600English Language Only2019Hachette (and Imprints)YesNoWhiteCis WomanBi/PansexualNoYesALWAYS NEGOTIATE ROYALTIES AND SUBRIGHTS. They will make you money in the long run!!
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Anthology, Short Stories$11,0001995YesWhiteCis ManDavid Lubar
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Anthology, Short Stories$45,0002016WhiteCis ManDavid Lubar
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Anthology, Short Stories$5,000Worldwide2004Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)YesNoWhiteCis WomanStraightNoNo
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Anthology, Short Stories$15,000Worldwide2006Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Art Book, Author/Illustrator$3,000English Language Only2012Impact Books (Now PRH)NoNoWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Art Book, Author/Illustrator$3,000English Language Only2012Impact Books (Now PRH)NoNoWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Art Book, Author/Illustrator$3,000English Language Only2012Impact Books (Now PRH)NoNoWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Audio$38,000Worldwide2020AudibleNoYesWhiteCis WomanBi/PansexualYes
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Audio, Historical$0English Language Only2019Authors for Authors Publishing CoopYesNoWhiteCis WomanStraightNoEva SeylerThe War in Our HeartsI got no advance. Since release in March 2019, I have received $238.72.
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Chapter Book$7,000WhiteCis ManDavid Lubar
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Chapter Book$20,000WhiteCis ManDavid Lubar
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Chapter Book$12,500Dustin Hansen6 books. Author/Illustrator. 100 Illustrations per book.
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Chapter Book$4,000Worldwide2019Penguin Random House (and Imprints)NoNoWhiteCis WomanStraightNoNoPart of a four-book deal with a combined advance
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Chapter Book$10,000Worldwide2013Simon & Schuster (and Inprints)YesYesWhiteCis WomanBi/PansexualNo4-book deal, 10K/bk
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Chapter Book$12,500Worldwide2015Simon & Schuster (and Inprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanBi/PansexualNoBooks 5&6 in a series. Increase from the 10K/book advance for books 1-4
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Chapter Book$12,500Worldwide2016Simon & Schuster (and Inprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanBi/PansexualNo2-book deal, 12.5K/book. Books 7&8 in a series. Increase from the 10K/book advance for books 1-4; same advance as books 5&6
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Children's, Educational$700Worldwide2011Mid-Size (Scholastic, Disney, etc)NoYesWhiteCis WomanNoIllustrator only
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Collection$45,000North America Only2015Large (Big 5)WhiteCis ManGay
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Cookbook$8,000Worldwide2018PageYesYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Cookbook$10,000English Language Only2018Large (Big 5)YesYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNoyesHad to pay photography and all expenses
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Cookbook as co-author$25,000Worldwide2018Penguin Random House (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis ManStraightNo
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Essays$100,000Worldwide2017Large (Big 5)NoWhiteCis ManStraightat-auction
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Essays$7,500North America Only2017Large (Big 5)YesWhiteCis ManGay
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Essays$350,000North America Only2014Hachette (and Imprints)NoYesWhiteCis WomanStraightNo
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Experimental Fiction $0North America Only2019KERNPUNKT PressWhiteCis WomanBi/PansexualKatharine Coldiron Ceremonials
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Graphic Novel$5,000NoNonbinary/AgenderQueerArchie BongiovanniGood deal on royalties. Written and drawn in only 4 months.
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Graphic Novel$20,000NoNonbinary/AgenderQueerArchie BongiovanniGood deal on royalties. Written and drawn in only 4 months.
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Graphic Novel$31,000YesNonbinary/AgenderQueerArchie BongiovanniGood deal on royalties. Written and drawn in only 4 months.
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Graphic Novel$5,000Lion ForgeNoAriel RiesWitchy
7.5% royalties. (9% after 10k copies sold). was told pretty bluntly that witchy being a webcomic and remaining online was a huge risk factor so they couldn't really afford to pay more. despite being ~260 odd full colour pages, about 90% of the pages were already done at the time i signed the deal, however I did a lot of revision work on old pages to bring them up to a higher standard. i was originally offered 15k for (i think) a 5 book deal, lol. I took a 1 book deal: at least I'd be able to negotiate for better terms on the second book if the first book sold well
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Graphic Novel$1,0002010FantagraphicsYesNoWhiteCis ManDrew Weing6% royalties.
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Graphic Novel$4,000Nonbinary/AgenderEmmett HelenMy RiotI signed for My Riot (176 pages, my first graphic novel) for a $2k advance and negotiated about halfway through the process to double it to $4k.
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Graphic Novel$2,555NobrowHamish SteeleDeadEndia 1Royalties 8% net rate. Made $10378 on Kickstarter (GBP). Won an Eisner before beginning sequel. Agent takes 10%.
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Graphic Novel$5,745NobrowHamish SteeleDeadEndia 2Royalties 8% net rate. Agent takes 10%.
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Graphic Novel$6,385NobrowHamish SteeleRoyalties 8% net rate. Agent takes 10%. Lost ability to sell in-person. Cannot make competing comics.
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Graphic Novel$2,235NobrowHamish SteelePantheonRoyalties 8% net rate. Made $13289 on Kickstarter (GBP). Agent takes 10%.
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Graphic Novel$15,0002019First SecondKevin PanettaBloom
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Graphic Novel$3,750Ryan Estrada
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Graphic Novel$4,500Oni PressWhiteCis ManScott ChantlerNorthwest Passage
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Graphic Novel$10,000Random HouseWhiteCis ManScott ChantlerTwo Generals
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Graphic Novel$12,000Kids Can PressWhiteCis ManScott ChantlerThree Thieves
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Graphic Novel$14,000Kids Can PressWhiteCis ManScott ChantlerThree Thieves
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Graphic Novel$20,000Random HouseWhiteCis ManScott ChantlerBix
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Graphic Novel$45,000Gallery 13WhiteCis ManScott ChantlerUnnannounced
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Graphic Novel$60,0002019Insight ComicsSteve HortonBowie
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Graphic Novel$0YesTillie Walden50/50 split on royalties.
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Graphic Novel$50,000NoTillie WaldenSpinning, Are You Listening2-book deal
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Graphic Novel$30,000NoTillie WaldenOn A SunbeamSunbeam remains free to read online even after publishing and is my best seller.
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Graphic Novel$75,000HarperCollins (and Imprints)East AsianWendy Xu3-book deal.
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Graphic Novel$39,000English Language Only2013Macmillan (and Imprints)NoYesMultiracialCis WomanNo
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Graphic Novel$2,000Black
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Graphic Novel$15,000Black
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Graphic Novel$10,000Black