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Publishing News Roundup Series: #PublishingPaidMe Exposes the Underpayment of Black Authors

by Maureen Crisp •  July 29, 2020  •   Follow

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Social media has helped publishing grow. It has also helped expose the traditional injustices that it supports.

As the publishing market begins to move away from its traditional practices, social media has played a major role in exposing the underpayment of minorities in publishing, particularly when it comes to authors. As the publishing industry is exposed, what will it do to remedy the industry’s underlying issues and move to resolve them for good?

 

Underneath The Covers


Pic: Flickr Creative Commons- Steven Johnson

 

 
Recently the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag trend on Twitter exposed the historical underpaying of black authors in the publishing world. One of the ideas it highlighted was the lack of diversity in publisher lists with publishers limiting themselves to one representative of each ethnicity and claiming they were diverse. Publishers Weekly looks at other negative trends that were exposed with the hashtag trend call out.
How good are you at spotting publishing scams? Unfortunately, even people who have been bitten once are being bitten again. Even when you think that the publisher is looking legit, check, check, and check again. And don’t take an agent’s word for it. They have been bitten as well.
Kobo Plus is like Kindle select but without the demand for exclusivity. However, it was limited to just a few countries. But in great news this week Kobo Plus is expanding… YAY.
How do you keep your backups safe? Do you even have backups? Jami Gold looks at all the different ways you can save yourself giant headaches.
Netgalley has been offering their review service for quite a while. Recently they decided to expand their service to audiobooks. With the rise and rise of audiobook sales, this is a welcome move for publishers.
Can authors use A I to help them write a better story? Writers Digest has an interesting article looking at using a tool called Marlowe that analyses your manuscript and points out the flaws and plot holes to fix up. Take a look at Marlowe – you can try it out for free.
As a teacher, I was very keen to encourage my younger colleagues to have some sort of creative life outside of teaching. You need to put creativity into the well because teaching drains so much from you. For me, it was escaping into writing. But as writers, are we draining the creative well and not putting anything back in? This article looks at the importance of having hobbies away from writing.
Bob Mayer and Jennifer Crusie are both big names in their respective genres. Together they have written 3 great thriller romances. They collaborated on a website where they discuss different aspects of the writing craft from their own points of view. Check out their conversation on developing character arcs. Excellent stuff. (Also, their writing is superb!!!)

In The Craft Section,

 
 
How to start a novel – 8 steps to the perfect opening scene- Reedsy- Bookmark
 
Writing emotion– Iris Marsh
 
 

In the Marketing Section,

Two great articles from Rachel Thompson – How to improve your email newsletters right now and How to build an engaged following– Bookmark
 
Using video marketing– Frances Caballo
 
 
Amazon Editorial Reviews -Are you using them- Dave Chesson- Bookmark
 
5 Simple website upgrades– Penny Sansevieri – Bookmark

To Finish,

Brandon Sanderson has been running a Kickstarter for a leather-bound hardback edition of one of his best-selling books to celebrate the 10th anniversary. He modestly asked for $250K because that was what he figured he would need. So far, he’s passed $5 million. Kris Rusch takes a look at Kickstarter for authors and how building a community and stakeholder engagement is a winning formula for writers wanting to try this form of income building.
It’s all part of building up multiple income streams for authors.
Maureen
@craicer

About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.