Re: RARA-AVIS: Marijane Meaker and Patricia Highsmith

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 06 Sep 2003

Bill Crider wrote:

> The reason Gold Medal paid so well was that they paid a royalty on the
> run, not on copies sold. Some of those guys, like Prather (and even guys
> you may never have heard of, like Richard Himmel) were selling in the
> millions, so the print runs must have been huge.

********** Yes! In Meaker's HIGHSMITH, they do a 400,000 reprint of Meaker's THE TWISTED ONES, and she got an instant check for $8,000. No fuss, no muss. As you might imagine, there are a lot of interesting literary side stories in Meaker's new book.


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