The Pros and Cons of Publishing Posthumously
Part 6: The Publisher’s Advance, Always a Good Idea?
The short answer is yes, though in our complex legalistic society, the answer is often no. Dying before completing any contracted work can sometimes lead to massive debt and unwanted liens. Except for the pennies on your eyes, the old adage, “you can’t take it with you” is applicable in most cases, though extra-large caskets are available for a premium. The drawbacks of course are grave-robbers and overly enthusiastic archeologists. Gold and gems preserve well; paper currency, including stocks and bonds should be protected in hermetically sealed containers.