Hi all Let me assure you that I've not just signed up to ask this question and bugger off again—not at all. My name is Craig and I've been writing for a while now, but have not got published, or even tried to for that matter. It's definitely something I like doing though and I've recently been writing a story that I think is going somewhere. In my story, the central character is a first-time published novelist, and I need to know about the process in terms of a publisher telling you your getting publish, to it being on the shelves in shops and then onto payment. Do you get paid monthly based on sales or yearly? I take it a first-time published author wouldn't get any sort of advance payment? Anything else, such as book signing events and that, would be most helpful.