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Author’s rely on royalties for their work. What can they do if they are not getting paid?
This sadly seems to be a popular topic in recent publishing news. Authors are being snubbed of their royalties by big publishing companies. And authors are fighting back. Authors like Alan Dean Foster have gone so far as to reach out to writer organizations for support. As an author, how can you protect what is owed to you?
Profit and Loss
In publishing news this week
A case of a big company crushing the writer… Disney asserts that when they purchased the rights to a contract they did not purchase the obligations and they want a non-disclosure agreement before they even talk about it. The Science Fiction Writers Association is rightly concerned (angry/vitriolic.) Disney can profit off Alan Dean Foster’s work and not pay him? How many other writers are in this position? This discussion is taking over the writer internet today with many writers calling Disney out on it.
Draft To Digital has introduced a welcome change to their services. They are now offering payment splitting. If you have collaborated with other authors on a book or a boxset they can split the royalties now.
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is moving its dates in 2021 following London Book Fair’s announcement last week. Bologna will now be in June and will be bigger than ever with a new parallel programme running alongside.
Are you guilty of using violent imagery when you don’t need to? Michael Gallant has an article on the Bookbaby blog about the prevalence of violent imagery in words and when to use it appropriately.
How can you tell if you are growing as a writer? K M Weiland has a great article on how you can tell if you are spinning your wheels or reaching for new heights.
Kristine Rusch has written another interesting blog on what she sees is the Train Wreck of Trade Publishing at the moment. She is responding to Mike Shatzkin’s October blog post The end of the General Trade Publishing Concept. Mike comments on where trade publishers are getting their money now and how they see the titles they acquire. Kris points out that when a publishing guru like Mike finally sees the handwriting on the wall it’s almost too late for the industry to learn and change.
September Fawkes is always an interesting read. Here she unpicks Arrogance vs Confidence and Humility vs Self Depreciation
In The Craft Section,
How to continue writing when you get stuck– Novelize – Bookmark
7 plot structures for pantsers- John Peragine- Bookmark
How to start your synopsis– Becca Puglisi
The charm of the large word in the right place – Mathina Calliope- Bookmark
Creating a Storyworld– SlapHappy Larry
In The Marketing Section,
How to set up a sponsored product ad– Dave Chesson
Starting from Zero- Joanna Penn interviewing David Gaughran- Bookmark
Using video marketing and why it’s important– Frances Caballo
Marketing a new book – Bookbub- BOOKMARK
4 easy SEO tips for writers– Ivelisse Rodriguez
How to make free 3d mockups of your book– Bookmark
As the publishing world changes and the pandemic hits all the events you might have gone to… authors and booksellers are having to get creative with their marketing. Lisa Tener interviews some of the team behind A Mighty Blaze- a social media community for authors and readers on how to virtually market the book.
It has to make a profit for someone…
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.