As promised, here’s the video clip of Neil Gaiman at the World Fantasy Convention 2013 in Brighton (yay!) UK, talking with Jo Fletcher (Jo Fletcher Books) about his first published book – about Duran Duran (the pop group, not the character in Barbarella).
Please excuse the shakiness – hand holding a camera is not the best idea, but it was a spur of the moment catch. Likewise, you’ll probably need to turn up the sound, but he’s a great speaker, so it’s worth it to hear how his career moved from ‘starving journalist’ to author.
He added another little story about this book later in the talk:
Some years later, after he’d become successful, Neil discovered there had been a hardback version of the book, of which he’d never been aware.
Expressing an interest in owning this version, a member of his household procured one for him – at the cost of $800
Neil was rather unsure whether he’d actually wanted it that much, until he later ran into an old friend who’s become an author, having previously been a book seller. While relating how he’d been able to make the break into full time writing, the friend explained that he’d managed to sell one particular book for enough money to support himself through the transition.
You’ve guessed it – it was that hardback Duran Duran book, which he’d sold for $10,000 !
Neil felt so much better about the $800 that was spent on his.