Two more ways publishers shaft writers

The latest posting on Writer Beware looks at the arbitration clauses buried in almost all publishing contracts. These clauses say that in the event of a dispute between author and…

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Indie or traditional? An author’s dilemma

Should you opt for indie publishing or go the traditional route? There’s no easy answer. Every author has to make his/her own decision. I’ve made mine, so consider me biased….

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The Myth of The Lazy Writer

Hugh Howey, writing in Publishers Weekly; The hardest part of getting a book published is the actual writing. All it takes to see this is the number of people who…

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Big publishers – Trouble brewing?

Almost 60% of traditionally published authors think that publishers have been lazy and uninnovative when it comes to matters digital, and almost 50% of them agree with the statement that…

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American reading habits (2014)

Last year, nearly a quarter of American adults didn’t read a single book–hardback, paperback or e-book–a figure that’s almost tripled since 1978. (The graphic comes from Seth Godin’s blog posting…

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The case against Author Solutions

Author Solutions Incorporated (ASI) claim to represent authors, but 170,000 (“or more”) of them are cited in a class action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit, filed on February 26, …

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Author Earnings: the latest!

The October Author Earnings report is out, and for anyone even contemplating epublishing, it’s a compulsory read. This is the site’s fourth quarterly report, this time drawing on data from…

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Why people buy books

52% — Author reputation 49% — Personal recommendation 45% — Price 37% — Book Reviews 22% — Cover/Blurb 14% — Advertising (including online)   From the 2010 Survey of Book-Buying…

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