Years ago, when I told my agent that I had written a book, she said to me: “Hey, if you wanted eight hundred dollars, I would’ve given you eight hundred dollars.” But I published it anyway – and a second one, in fact – and though she was wrong in the specifics, she got the general gist of the compensation right. Put it this way: both books got a nice reception, but neither one gave me any tax trouble.
I spent thirty-seven years as an international airline pilot, and have been raped, but not kissed, by mini-bars all over the world. Vegas is not the worst. Try t. Petersburg. 1,350 Ruble ($25) bad beer but 500 Ruble Vodka, also bad. Dubai is the highest. They seem to think that everyone there drives a Lambo and has gold bathroom fixtures. Now, I write novels. Much cheaper.
I get it! Given that British libel laws screwed Johnny Depp but benefited Rob Long, it is therefore better to be treated like a character actor than to be a lead actor in London.