Earlier this month Senior Writer Elif Batuman published a book about Russian literature, life, the universe and everything that The New York Times found delightful. Now comes news that Executive Editor Chad Harbach has sold his first novel, The Art of Fielding, about baseball, life, the universe, and everything to Little, Brown for that familiar yet fickle amount--a reported mid-six figures. So, yes, it is still possible, dreamers!
How does this compare to the advances paid to n+1 editors Benjamin Kunkel and Keith Gessen on the occasions of their first novels in 2005 and 2008, respectively? Pretty well, from what we can gather. Though it can be tough to tease out