With the popularity of Twilight and its crossover appeal to adult
audiences, girl based YA books are more visible than ever. According
to the USA Today article, many
of the recent YA releases have print runs in the 6 figures
(usually those numbers are reserved for NYT bestsellers). We are big
fans of YA here and often recommend Hunger Games by Suzanne
Collins or the heartfelt stories by Justina Chen Headley.
Other big winners in publishing include Audrey Niffenegger who received
a $5 million advance for the sequel to the Time Traveler’s Wife.
HarperCollins is paying
$3.2 million to Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the
plane in the Hudson river. The movie rights will likely be sold soon
after justifying the high advance, right?