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November is the time of year France's many literary prizes are awarded, and comes at the end of a frantic two months of publication and promotion. The rentrée littéraire begins in late August as French people return from holidays and publishers scramble to catch the attention of readers.That usually means getting writers in the public eye, even if some writers don't really like being in the spotlight.SOT Estelle Lemaitre, Communications director, Actes SudThey're all aware it's a very important step, that's it's all part of the job of being a writer. Some are more reluctant or less at ease than others with certain media appearances. It's rare but there are some writers who will tell you point blank that they refuse to do any television.The Prix Goncourt is the jewel in the crown of the literary award season. The prize is a nominal €10 but the sales that follow can make a writer very rich.Winning books, make popular Christmas presents. A writer stands to chalk up at least 200,000 sales, with the average being as high as 300,000.But even still, some past winners have slipped back into obscurity.SOT Bernard Pivot, Prix Goncourt Jury PresidentWinning the Goncourt certainly brings some wealth. It's a lot of money, but it is not a guarantee of success for the rest of your career, certainly not. Some winners have enjoyed great success afterwards, others haven't.And it's a chance a writer has to grasp for all it's worth as you can only win the Prix Goncourt once in your life.

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November is the time of year France's many literary prizes are awarded, and comes at the end of a frantic two months of publication and promotion. The rentrée littéraire begins in late August as French people return from holidays and publishers scram

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