Sharing the Wealth: 01/17/2014

Lucy Wang at Indie Reader discusses the Indie Paradox, which is really more of a contrast, but whatever. Specifically, it notes the differential treatment indie film makers receive versus indie authors. Of course, that wasn’t always true, at least I don’t think it was. I believe it took a great deal of high profile, innovative (and good) films to earn that seat at the table. And now that it’s happened, many point to IFC or Sundance as a sellout, with the same politics and obstacles as Hollywood, just more pretentious.

This is a cache of an author’s page, discussing her advances and royalties. It was shorty taken down afterward, but very valuable for anyone looking at publishing. Spcifically, I think there’s a real chance I could earn close to what she did and write more books along the way, earning even more.

Smashwords buy the Nook? Interesting idea but will never happen, for a ton of financial reasons.

Do you make excuses for you writing? Ashamed to say I have. It can be hard to tell someone you’re a writer, let alone tell them you write a book about a Sorcerer explorer with a castle in his head.

Wall Street hates publishers. Which is hilarious, but doesn’t really mean all you might think. Wall Street doesn’t look at the things normal humans do, but it still holds weight that they see it as an anchor on the parent company’s stock.

Price is, of course, a major part of what we do and Kristine Katherine Rusch has a great breakdown. Publisher have a slanted view of this, and frankly, so do most authors. I myself am unsure as to what to price my stuff, relying more on a gut feeling than empirical evidence. I’m building that evidence, but it is an incomplete picture and a subjective matter.

The Passive Guy has a great post from an author struggling to get their book rights back. He then goes on to bring in a post from Kristine Katherine Rusch and breaks down what to look for and fear from a publisher’s contract. The single biggest reason I’ve seen to not go with a traditional publisher is their control of copyright. Above time to publish, money, creative control, even non compete clauses, this is the biggest problem I see.

Melissa Bowersock discusses the editorial oversight provided to her by New York publishing over the years…or the lack thereof. It’s a good post that really outlines the lack of detail to the services they so toute to authors. That said, the author does come to the conclusion that the reason self publishing is so great is because she’s getting real editorial input. I would have come to the conclusion that maybe she’s just a good author and editors are overrated, but that’s just me. Another example of this conclusion can be found on the Passive Guy from John Green and the Guardian.


About enathansisk

My name is Nathan Sisk, and I am a writer and aspiring author.
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