April 1, 2005

Foer rolling in dough, wants more

According to the New York Daily News, Jonathan Safran Foer received a $1 million advance for his latest novel, and got $925,000 for the paperback rights to his first. Oh and films of both are on their way. Yet,

The hot New York novelist urged friends to buy his new "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" - last week - to help keep it on The New York Times best-seller list.

It didn't hurt, since last week's sales lifted the novel to No. 13 on the list to be published April 10, up from its debut at No. 15 this coming Sunday.

In an E-mail to "Friends, Romans, Countrymen," Foer acknowledged some tough reviews and added, "So I'm going to have to rely heavily on word of mouth."

Jonathan would need a lot of friends for this to work, wouldn't he?

I'm reading his first novel now, and it's damn good. As an apsiring writer of sorts myself, I definitely must "eat a slice of humble pie."

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