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TRUTH. This post is amazing - it runs the gamut of the author experience so honestly. It's such a funny world, where expectations and perceptions on every book are hard to make sense of. I just wanna say, hey writer people - u wrote a book? You're awesome. 🥰

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Such an important post! Thank you for sharing all this, Jodi.

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Yup. Even when TLM *was* sitting on the list I didn’t see any of this. First class airfare? 5 star hotels? Nope. I was so freaking excited to go ANYWHERE. It was my 4th book, and before then…absolutely nada. But I started at a very small press. So that crash of expectations came very very quickly and helped me have a better sense of what I might expect and what I shouldn’t. Thanks so much for sharing this!!

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Jan 25Liked by Jodi Meadows

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! This business can be so rough at times, and knowing you're not alone is like . . . well, it's like rainbow puddles to a thirsty unicorn!

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Jan 25Liked by Jodi Meadows

Thanks for sharing this! And it's also not fair that we work in an industry where returns count against US and not the publisher. Imagine my shock to find out my royalties were zero on a book that was doing very well!

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Jan 26Liked by Jodi Meadows

Thank you for this transparency, Jodi. As a writer about to enter the query trenches after a decade of writing, I’m so nervous. Is this topic of publisher priority something you would discuss with your agent or have some indication based on advance, knowing you’re a lead title or if “You’re on your own, kid”?

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This is refreshing read and good information for someone like me who is new to writing because I'm chasing my dream. Thanks for sharing!

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Excellent post. Thank you for sharing.

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Great post, Jodi! I thought I was in bizarre-o-land when my 1st book with a publisher came out and I attempted to have what I thought was a normal business conversation with a promotion person.

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