Don't quit your day job, and other one-size-…

As I write this, the publishosphere internets are blowing up about a Medium article by an author who got fairly fantastic advances on her first two deals, and didn’t manage to earn them out. She’s still getting decent advances, but is struggling along in what we call the “midlist death spiral.” (It’s not always a death spiral: I’ve spent 16 years plugging along in the midlist and I’m still here. Someday maybe I’ll write a breakout book. Maybe next week.)

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