Private: Midlist author’s confessions

A midlist author’s confessional piece about her publishing experiences — notably the pitfalls of a large first-novel advance, the difficulties of getting subsequent books published after disappointing sales, and the effects on the industry of Amazon’s sales rankings — is making the rounds. (Via Cup of Chicha; you’ll have to watch the ads to read the story.)

The article provides some clues to the author’s identity. The first advance was $150k. Her books were published in 1996, 2001 (advance, $10k), and 2004 (advance, $80k). Recently the Amazon sales rank for her latest novel was 40,137.

Email me if you figure it out. Or keep an eye on Gawker for the answer.