@jfruh I got a once million advance forr two books spread out over ten years. First book was complete on signing. This happened in July '08 just minutes before the collapse of western civilization. I am pretty certain I was the last fiction writer out of the gate w/ that kind of advance. new york rent takes up nearly half annual. Then taxes , agent As my accountant said; it's a living wage. Mighty grateful - for that --as I know many who lost employment, homes etc.