With the Frankfurt Book Fair about to start, the seven-figure advance is back. At least five books have sold for $1 million (or more).
Molly Stern at Crown is said to have spent $2 million for North American rights to a nonfiction work by Ethan Kross called Chatter. Two memoirs have done well. 14 publishers wanted Adrienne Brodeur‘s Wild Game and a similar number chased Sara Seager‘s The Smallest Lights in the Universe.
Million-dollar advances were offered for two debut novels. A work of historical fiction by Whitney Scharer called The Age of Light went to Little, Brown. Kate Hope Day has seen her debut If, Then acquired in a two-book deal, for a rumored seven figures, by Andrea Walker at Random House.