Would you be willing to work for a percentage of the book’s profits instead of your normal fee?

I get asked this question probably eight to ten times a month. The answer, I am sorry to say, is no. Sure, I realize you no doubt have the next great bestseller and we could both become obscenely wealthy once the book comes out and Oprah recommends it and the book then gets made into a blockbuster movie. But even though I believe that, I don’t trust that a publisher will feel the same way. They’re strange like that. And I can’t gamble with my livelihood, so please don’t ask.

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