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?
INT. MINI-VAN – DAY
(eyes on road)
I heard that the pub payment arrived today. I’ll get the check soon.
FASHIONISTA DAUGHTER, AGE 10
So we can get me some new summer clothes?
SPENDTHRIFT DAUGHTER, AGE 8
Julie keeps her eyes on the road and reveals the amount.
(Don’t get excited; she thinks anything over 100 deserves a “wow”)
But I won’t get all of that. The agency will keep fifteen percent.
Of your money?
But that’s so rude!
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?