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Kaavya Viswanathan’s book is being withdrawn. I wonder what her first attempt at a novel was like — the Lovely Bones-style manuscript that was judged too dark to be saleable. I keep thinking about that, especially as I read about Alloy Entertainment and the process of “packaging” that Opal Mehta went through. Now Viswanathan’s been…

The breakdown

Tor editor Anna Genoese explains how profit and liability analyses work, using the example of a mass market paperback original that fails to earn out the author’s advance. (This post might equally well be titled “Why accepting a massive advance for a first novel is not such a great idea.”) Ms. Genoese’s continuing series of…