ineedyoutobreatheforme replied to your link: Debut novels are big business again. But what are…
why would you decline it?
[in reference to my comment, “Don’t know about you, but if an advance of six figures came my way, there’s a good chance I would decline it.”]
As attractive as the amount would be, because I could certainly purchase a large supply of Buffalo wings and whisky, I think the money would hamper my writing; I wouldn’t enjoy the immediate mountain of expectations placed upon my second novel, my writing career even. I’d rather earn out quicker and know that the publisher I’m working with is going to be a good partner for the long haul… some other arrangements could be made in lieu of the difference in cash. Buffalo wings, whisky.
In short, if we have to talk about career and money, I’d like the curve on my graph to take a more gradual climb. But ultimately, this hinges on my writing.