But I will disagee with you on one point. I sat with Tom Doherty of TOR for four hours, just the two of us, and talked about the industry.**** It was pretty clear that no author is beyond the sharp knife of their company's bottom line. If the biggest doesn't sell as well this time around, then the next advance will reflect that fact. And if you are a new author and your sales don't meet the computer models, they will not publish your next book. Potential profit drives their acquisition choices, and their editors know that, and the agents that sell the authors to them know that as well. Whether this is something that their own sensibilities are comfortable with is a totally other issue. With Tom, it is not, but he still has a company to run, and he has no choice but to read those spread sheets.