Hammer Time

Say you’re a budding author, and you are lucky enough to get a contract for an unwritten book. How long do you have to deliver the manuscript before the publisher sues you to recover the advance payment? If the experience of MC Hammer is anything to go by, the answer is about six years.

In 2003, Simon and Schuster paid Hammer $61,000 for a book on fatherhood. Earlier this month, they sued him for the return of the advance–plus interest. Details are here.–David E