Good news from my non-fiction agent: The Rough Guide to the Universe has earned out its advance, making it officially the first of my books to do so (For Book of the Dumb I was paid a flat fee plus bonuses when the book hits certain sales points; under a more conventional contract I would have earned out some time ago. Old Man’s War has earned out at this point, I think, but it’s early and there are no official sales figures yet). Yay, Universe!
This is especially sweet since my first book for Rough Guides (The Rough Guide to Money Online) was something of a disappointment, being released as it was just as the Internet Bubble was popping. I appreciated that they gave the go-ahead for the Universe book anyway, so I’m delighted to be able to have provided them with a solidly performing book. Here’s hoping The Rough Guide to Science Fiction Film continues the upward trend.