Dear Miss Snark,
I’m a newly published author and I need your advice. I got a $10,000 advance. Then I paid my agent 1,500 bucks, 300 more for agent expenses, 600 for my computer, 200 for a printer, 100 for paper, 200 on postage, 5,000 for a publicist, 100 for a pedicure, 400 for publicity photos, 300 for a web site developer, 400 for some new duds (my publicist said the bib overalls had to go), 400 to get my teeth whitened, 200 for typhoid and malaria shots (required since my book tour took me to New Jersey), and 400 for out-of-pocket expenses on the book tour.
I thought authors made money. I lost a hundred bucks! What am I doing wrong?
New Jersey will get you every time.