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Jeffrey Archer gets £18 million advance!

January 8th, 2010

I hope you’re all now fully recovered from your festive excesses!  In December I thought how great it would be to have a white Christmas.  A week into the New Year, after trudging through snowdrifts, standing for two hours on a stranded train and doing ice-dance manoeuvres in my car, I’ve decided you can have too much of a good thing.

But despite the snow it’s back to work and with so many of our student stuck at home because of the weather conditions I expect we’ll get a bumper crop of assignments over the next couple of weeks.  It’s the ideal time to batten down the hatches, turn on the computer and start your research.  And if your New Year resolution was to make more time for your writing… you’ve no excuse!

But will you get rich?  Whilst many publishers are paying paltry advances to talented new writers they seem to have no qualms about spending their money on famous names.  Apparently Random House is proposing to pay Tony Blair £4.6 million to write his memoirs.  Jeffrey Archer is due for an even bigger payout from Macmillan – £18 million to write an epic family saga.  The ‘Clifton Chronicles’ will consist of five books spanning a century in the lives of a fictitious Bristol family.

Whether you love or hate Archer’s work, at least his books provide entertainment and enjoyment for hundreds of thousands of readers (the £100 million that he’s already made from his literary career proves that).  And that’s probably more than can be said for Tony Blair’s memoirs!

If you can’t live without a daily dose of literature, try DailyLit.  All you do is sign up, choose your book and the site will email you a few pages each day at whatever time you choose.  Most of the books are out-of-copyright classics but it does give you the chance to read all those literary masterpieces you never quite got round to before.

And finally back to the snow.  My daughter-in-law, Lindsey, loves snow and takes great photos.  She sent me some this week… I must confess I wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as usual.  I’ve had more than enough of the white stuff for now and can’t wait for the big thaw.

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