Next I guess you can be sacked for doing your work too well.
Vikram Seth has been asked to return his $1.7m advance by Hamish Hamilton, a publishing company owned by Penguin Random House.
It looks like Seth’s follow up to A Suitable Boy is well overdue and the publisher is cracking the whip. Seth released his last book in 1993 and has published little else since then.
I have no idea when Seth received his advance but some Google research indicates it was around 2009.
Having some knowledge of large projects and book writing myself (!), I know a book does not always come out on the stated date, and hence one can only imagine what shape Seth’s current project is in.
A lot gets written about creative processes and how book writing is such a creative art, but in the end it’s really down to two words. Make that three.
I make my words rage and burn and singe in the readers’ minds. I have snowboarding in the Sahara, camel races atop Mount Everest, and Schrodinger’s Cat romp with Simba. My readers soar and hope and imagine and dream. I create worlds and change time and make night become day. I make atoms explode and black holes be white.
I make the impossible be real.
I am a thriller writer. I wrote The Warrior.
Starbucks is a favorite haunt of mine. I can spend hours there getting my work done and having various meetings.
After trying out a few other coffee shops, I realize what makes Starbucks the largest coffee retail chain.
It’s not about the coffee.
It’s the ample seating, the numerous power sockets and the Wifi.
The coffee is just the dressing.