Wednesday, June 01, 2005

CBS News | Dracula Novel Earns $2M Advance | June 1, 2005�17:00:12

Dracula Novel Earns $2M Advance
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 1, 2005

(AP) Elizabeth Kostova used some unconventional ingredients from her own life — a childhood spent listening to Dracula tales, a love of Balkan folk music and a passion for libraries — to produce a debut novel that earned her a breathtaking $2 million advance.

Despite its quirky origins, publisher Little, Brown and Co. is hoping "The Historian" will grab readers' imaginations in much the same way as Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," another historical adventure-mystery that has sold more than 17 million copies around the world and been translated into 44 languages.
Interesting article about a writer's perserverance and willingness to undertake countless rewrites. Sound familiar?

Noteworthy point--this was the author's first novel.

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