Bucking Trend, 2nd Novel Gets $5M Advance

Niffenegger wrote surprise 2003 hit The Time Traveler's Wife
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2009 9:33 AM CDT
Audrey Niffenegger.   (Barnes and Noble.)
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(Newser) – Defying reports that publishers are in the poorhouse, Audrey Niffenegger, author of the huge bestseller, The Time Traveler’s Wife, has received a nearly $5 million advance for a new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, the New York Times reports. Her agent said the whopping payout from Scribner, a unit of Simon & Schuster, is for a manuscript that's already complete.

“She really has defied custom and written a spectacular second novel,” said the editor in chief at Scribner, which will release the supernatural tale of two sisters and a London cemetery in September. “She’s not selling it essentially on the success of her first book.” Niffenegger would have preferred to stay with her original publisher, MacAdam/Cage, but “it was just too big a gulf,” her agent said.