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According to Newsweek, an advance for a cookbook by a celebrity chef can hit $1 million.
Here are the annual incomes of a few celebrity chefs (again estimated by Newsweek): Mario Batali, $4 million; Alain Ducasse, $6.5 million; Emeril Lagasse, $9 million; and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, $5 million.
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Literary, Subsidiary Rights, and Foreign Rights Agents - This mini-guide includes more than 1,425 literary agents, including 325+ agents that sell foreign rights, 400 that have sold a first novel, and another 50 or so that handle subsidiary rights sales.
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