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Major Publisher Takes Famous Authors To Court To Return Advances

Maybe it is different with novelists - we rarely send proposals to publishers until after we have completed the novel. There isn't too much speculation. Mind you, most of us don't write a novel and claim it is real, as one chap did (and got praised by Oprah). I just gotta say I do have some manuscripts which I'll sell to fill in some of these gaps. I'd still like that same advance, though.



author Elizabeth Wurtzel

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Book Publisher Goes To Court To Recoup Hefty Advances From Prominent Writers


A New York publisher this week filed lawsuits against several prominent writers who failed to deliver books for which they received hefty contractual advances, records show.

The Penguin Group's New York State Supreme Court breach of contract/unjust enrichment complaintsinclude copies of book contracts signed by the respective defendants.

The publisher is seeking repayments from:

* "Prozac Nation" author Elizabeth Wurtzel, who signed a $100,000deal in 2003 to write "a book for teenagers to help them cope with depression." Penguin wants Wurtzel, seen at right, to return her $33,000 advance (and at least $7500 in interest).