It's been the feel-good story
in the news during the past few days: 93-year-old Lorna Page was living in a
small apartment until she secured a large advance for her thriller, A Dangerous Weakness
. Amazingly, it was her first book! The money has allowed her to buy a five-bedroom house, and she's invited some of her friends
living in a retirement home to come live with her.
But Ray Girvan of Apothecary's Drawer Weblog
asks a good question. Where did this huge advance come from, given that AuthorHouse
is a self-publishing firm? They don't pay huge advances. Instead, authors pay them
to get published.
The Making Light
blog reaches this conclusion: Someone is fibbing.
Ray pointed out to me that "The newspapers didn't say she *herself* moved out of a care home. They said she moved from an apartment into a larger house, and plans to use it to move her friends out of care home." So I've corrected the above text.
Actually, reading the article more carefully (and reading between the lines a bit), I'm guessing that what happened was that Lorna Page moved into the larger home using money she already had, but she's hoping she'll strike it rich from the book and that she'll be able to use the proceeds to pay off the house. The poor woman obviously has no idea how little writers make.