Al's right, but $3000 in 1950 is closer to $27000 in today's dollars.
And that was just the advance. A lot of the Gold Medal titles sold
over half a million copies and a few over a million.
On Nov 4, 2009, at 1:48 PM, Allan Guthrie wrote:
> Low advances? I guess it's all relative but in 1950 Gold Medal paid a
> typical advance of $3,000. That equates to about $25,000 in today's
> when the average advance is around $5,000.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "James Michael Rogers" <email@example.com>
>> I doubt that the hard drinking helped many of Thomson's books, but
>> I think
>> the erratic quality stems primarily from the fact that he really
>> had to
>> churn the stuff out to make a living with the low advances of the
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