Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Jim Thompson

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 04 Nov 2009

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    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
    > money,
    > when the average advance is around $5,000.
    > Al
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "James Michael Rogers" <>
    >> 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
    >> paperback
    >> originals.

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