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    Leigh Bardugo just landed a *reedy voice* 8-figure book deal.

    Janet Manley

    March 15, 2023, 11:02am

    Must be nice! We are happy for her! So glad that publishing can support artists with a livable wage!

    This week, Publisher’s Lunch dropped the news of Leigh Bardugo’s 8-figure 12-book deal with Macmillan Publishers. Bardugo published YA fantasy Shadow and Bone with Macmillan back in 2012, followed by Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. The trilogy was adapted by Netflix in 2021 into the Shadow and Bone series.

    She has also published Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, which form part of the “Grishaverse.” So, 12 books might seem like a look, but Bardugo is prolific, trust!

    In Publishers’ Lunch lingo, believe this is known as a *watery eyes* reaaaaaally nice deal. For context, Prince Harry, absent Duke of Sussex, signed a four-book deal with Penguin Random House worth $35 to $40 million, and sold over a million copies of Spare on the first day.

    Authors like Malaysian writer Vanessa Chan and mystery writer Elizabeth George landed 7-figure deals in 2022. So, there is hope!

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