Which is a pretty neat trick, given that her publisher, AuthorHouse, appear to be a “self-publishing outfit”, to be generous to them.*
So wherever she got the money from the bigger house, it wasn’t from any “advance”.
Still, “93 year-old woman buys house, desperately hopes revenue from vanity press book will cover the fuel bills for her friends” wouldn’t be a feel-good story, I guess.
Before we get some snark, nope, still not published novelist myself. You know what? That actually puts me one step ahead of people like this woman, in that we both have manuscripts that real publishers don’t want, but at least I haven’t given money to con men and boasted about it in the national press.
*Genuine self-publishing outfits don’t ask you to fill out a form saying how much you know about publishing. That’s for the marketing department of the vanity press to target you better. They also don’t talk about “royalties”: if you’re self publishing, you pay for their services and keep what money comes in. In fact stuff generosity, they’re a vanity press.