Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Good Deal Is Better Than A Nice Deal

Writers love to talk about money ... but hate to bring it up. I teach noncredit writing courses at our local community college and online. Most beginning writers have no idea what kind of money they can expect to make ... when they sell their first book.

"A nice deal is worth $1 - $49,000.00." I give them time to to consider the possibilities.

"A very nice deal means you will receive $50,000 - $99,000.00." I watch as eyes light up and smiles are exchanged. A few students nod their heads.

"While a good deal pays just a little better ... $100,000 - $250,000.00." The room becomes very quiet. No one says a word. But I'm not finished.

"A significant deal ... means the book deal is a big deal and the range is between $251,000 - $499,000.00." I look down at my notes.

"And the final deal is considered a major deal and is worth $500,000 and up." And we all laugh.

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