Area writer celebrates $3.4M book deal

A Dayton-area writer is celebrating a book deal — a really big book deal.

John Scalzi has signed a decade-long $3.4 million deal with publisher Tor Books for 13 books in total, Scalzi’s website has announced and the New York Times has reported.

In a “fake interview” on his website, Scalzi — a best-selling science fiction writer — acknowledges that the deal is a large one.

“Certainly people in genre (and out of it, obviously) make more per book,” Scalzi said on his site. “And it’s entirely possible that people have deals encompassing more books. In aggregate, yes, it’s (the deal) unusually big. That said, the deal here isn’t about counting coup on other writers; I don’t care how much anyone else makes and if they make more than me, then good for them. It’s about something else.”

Scalzi is the author of “Old Man’s War,” which was nominated for the Hugo Award for best novel in 2006. Another novel, “Redshirts,” won the 2013 Hugo Award for best novel. He has written many other books, fiction and non-fiction, as well as several connected series of books.

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