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Publishing News Roundup Series: The Importance of Royalties to an Author

by Maureen Crisp •  September 23, 2019  •   Follow

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Authors base their success on the quantity of their sales. But their revenue is based on their royalties.

Royalties are an essential part of an author’s income. It is how an author maintains their career in between published works. With new self-publishing options, authors can not relinquish their royalty rights for full distribution and other services. The question is: Is this worth it for authors?

 

The Plot Thickens



In Publishing Business News…
Canada Independent Booksellers report a rise in print revenue according to Publishing Perspectives. This is good news if you have just launched a bookshop. (see last week’s post)


Meanwhile, Publish Drive have changed their author fees. They had introduced a flat fee for handling all the distribution in exchange for 100% royalties. Now they have a four-tier model. It still might be worth considering if you have quite a few books.


The French Military, taking a leaf out of the US military playbook, has put out a call to Science Fiction writers to write scenarios for them. Who better than a bunch of authors to come up with plots that might actually happen. (Debt of Honour by Tom Clancy published in 1997, 4 years before 9/11)


This year the Frankfurt Bookfair has a pavilion dedicated to Romani Gypsy literature. I first read of ethnic minorities becoming nation-states without borders in a Science Fiction novel. This pavilion recognises an ethnic minority, without a nation-state, and their literature. Literature is above borders.


Kris Rusch has published the next installment in her rethinking the writing business series. It’s all about money and licensing. How do you know how much to charge for each license?
(BTW Dean, her husband, is speaking on this topic in the free Alli conference if you needed another reason to register.)


Dean Wesley Smith is annoyed with the misinformation out there about how much it costs to Indie Publish. In his dumbest new myth blog post he points out it is relatively cheap… so anyone charging you $2000 plus you need to give the side-eye to. As ever, read the comments!! Some of the commenters added new resources to Dean’s list that make it even cheaper!


Agent Janet Reid sends out a warning of a scam that she recently came into contact with. People who offer to represent you to agents… her thoughts… BURN.


The Alliance of Independent Authors has updated their publishing business reviews. If you are thinking of working with anyone in the publishing world it worth checking out whether they have a good review from ALLI.


Kathy Steinemann has a nifty list of ways to record the fabulous plot ideas that arrive in the middle of the night.


Amanda Rawson Hill gets a rave review from September Fawkes and just reading this guest post on How Theme and False Theme affect your protagonist, you can see why. 
This is a knockout… print this out and pin it on the wall post!

In The Craft Section,

Setting the scene– NowNovel Bookmark


Emotional mastery for fiction writers – C S Lakin- Bookmark


How to approach writing a villain protagonist – Scott Myers- Bookmark


The inner struggle- Janice Hardy


How to tell if you have too much plot and not enough character– K M Weiland – Bookmark


How can we make our conflict stronger– Jami Gold- Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

Behind the scenes of an author newsletter– DIYMFA -Bookmark


Forget what you learned in Kindergarten, copy Madonna– Janet Reid


Promote your book hacks-Reedsy- BOOKMARK


2 great posts from Penny Sansevieri, Easy SEO for author marketing and 5 quick ways to ramp up 
your author central page-Bookmark Both.


On producing my own audiobook– James Scott Bell

To Finish

Do you call yourself a Bookworm or a Bookshark? Lit Reactor can tell you the difference. I was nodding my way down the list… so I know what I am.


Today is a day that haunts many people. Inevitably it has filled the internet with sad stories. So maybe we need to turn to Roald Dahl for the perfect quote (collection)
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like,
So long as somebody loves you.
Roald Dahl- The Witches


Maureen
@craicer

Pic : Flickr Creative Commons- Rab Driver-  Cat Plotting Revenge

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.