Books: The Agents: Writing With a $ Sign

British Author Hunter Davies recently sold the U.S. publishing rights to his forthcoming biography The Beatles to McGraw-Hill for $150,000. Harold Robbins gets $500,000 in advance for every novel he dictates. Kathleen Winsor (Forever Amber) got $500,000 from New American Library for the paperback rights to her 1965 slow-selling novel Wanderers Eastward, Wanderers West. Norman Mailer's contract with the same publisher guarantees him $450,000 apiece for his next two novels—plus a possible bonus of $100,000.

Such statistics carry an unmistakable message: the place to look for the most creative writing in America today...

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