Taking Your Money? That's So Rude! - J. Kenner

Taking Your Money? That's So Rude!

Yesterday, I heard from my agent’s assistant that the Pub Payment for WHEN PASSION LIES (the portion of a book’s advance that comes when a book hits the shelves) had arrived at the agency. Let’s eavesdrop on the conversation that transpired in my family, shall we?

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INT. MINI-VAN – DAY
JULIE
(eyes on road)
I heard that the pub payment arrived today. I’ll get the check soon.

HUSBAND
Great!

FASHIONISTA DAUGHTER, AGE 10
So we can get me some new summer clothes?

SPENDTHRIFT DAUGHTER, AGE 8
How much?

Julie keeps her eyes on the road and reveals the amount.

SPENDTHRIFT
Wow!
(Don’t get excited; she thinks anything over 100 deserves a “wow”)

JULIE
But I won’t get all of that. The agency will keep fifteen percent.

SPENDTHRIFT
Of your money?

JULIE
That’s right.

SPENDTHRIFT
But that’s so rude!

Bwahahahahahaha!
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So what do you think? If I tell my agent my 8 year old thinks their commission is rude, can I get that extra fifteen percent?

3 Comments

Louisa Bacio

Love what those little ones say! I went to a book signing on Saturday at a Relay for Life event. My 5-year-old grumbled about coming. I told her it was important, and she replied, “It’s important to you!”

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Peter

Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this article plus the rest of the website is really good.

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