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From minimum wage to a £100,000 advance

27 May 2013

‘She had called my agent and said: "Name a price. I will pay it. I want it off, so there's no auction or anything." I'd only ever earned six pounds an hour, so I thought," What do you do when someone says that?" My agent went back and said to Arzu, "It has to be something where Abi can stop waitressing and write." That was what we agreed on...

‘I also have a US deal and a number of foreign publishers so there is more (money) involved now. That was absolutely mental. I'd had barely earned money, ever.'

Abigail Tarttelin, author of Golden Boy, in the Evening Standard