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#0356: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, May 2 [1916]

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FG Dear Mr. Greenslet1;

Nothing terrifies me in the statement4 except the item $166.73 for excess proof corrections! I had expected that excess corrections would run to about $50, but, behold, they amount to about 14% of the royalties on the book! This is not a protest but a lamentation. To offset this misfortune, I think you have allowed me a larger royalty than I expected. I did not know that I was to get as Mmuch as 21% until after 12000 copies had been sold. I am glad the book5 is still selling. Of course, for on your account as well as on my own, I would like to be as live a proposition as, say, Mrs. Porter6. But neither for your sake nor for my sake would I, even if I could, produce that product for which our public is so eager. Have you seen Mr. Boynton's7 article8 in the Nation9 April 6th? It's that kind of feeling that one wants to stir up in people, after all; and one can't, as the London10 flower girl said, jolly well have everything. Let me know if you've not seen Boynton's article.

I'm delighted to have the check. This has been a rotten winter and I've got practically no work done. I'll hit the trail again, though, with a good many new notions in my pate, and I hope I can hold your interest yet awhile.

Faithfully Willa Cather