March 6, 2013 by Kiersi
UPDATE: I received an email from Allison Dobson, Director of Digital Imprints at Random House, regarding recent changes made to the Hydra, Alibi, Lovestruck and Flirt ebook-only imprint contracts (based on what I’m sure was a torrent of critical feedback). Read about the changes here, on the Writer Beware website (or see the full, official PDF here).
Essentially, they’re offering two packages: one that’s a more traditional advance-and-royalty deal, and another that’s still the original “profit sharing” deal with some important changes. No longer will Random House charge a setup cost or a fee for the sales/marketing/promotion; that’s part of the package, up to a certain amount.
So, I think that addresses a lot of the concerns raised in this post (and by other critics on the web)–but I am still leery of this emerging trend.
This is a bit of a gossip post because sometimes, I think it’s important to spread certain gossip–especially as it pertains to large publishing houses (corporations) screwing writers who aren’t aware they’re being screwed. (more…)
Category Publishing | Tags: Author Solutions,Author Solutions lawsuit,AuthorHouse,digital-only imprint,Hydra,iUniverse,Penguin,Random House,self-publishing,vanity press | 17 Comments
September 13, 2012 by Kiersi
I really like author and blogger Noah Murphy. I’d like to think we’ve had a good relationship on Twitter. I’m excited about his upcoming book, Ethereal Girls. But I’m growing pretty tired of self-published and indie authors whining about being repressed and “kept down” by the traditional book publishing industry when that is clearly not the whole story.
In his article, Publisher’s Weekly Review Double Standard, Murphy accuses book periodical Publisher’s Weekly of extorting self-published authors. As you probably already know, Publisher’s Weekly reviews traditionally-published books for their book review section. But they also have PW Select, which reviews self-published and indie-published books. The catch? The regular PW only takes submissions for books published by a publishing house, and it’s free to submit; however, PW Select charges a fee for your submission.
To Publisher’s Weekly, we’re not real authors – worthy of consideration for free – because we’re not part of the club. We decided to go outside the system and therefore we should be punished for that by extorting us. We have to pay to even be considered worthy of a review. This is the major way traditional publishing can keep us down because otherwise they’re quaking in their boots. (more…)
Category Industry, Literary Agents, Publishing | Tags: book reviews,indie publishing,Publisher's Weekly,PW Select,self-publishing | 10 Comments
July 12, 2012 by Kiersi
A Treatise on Not Getting Yourself Down, and How To Be a Professional
I am hyper-critical of my work–as in, critical to the point that I actually burst into tears during a revision of Fire & Brimstone. Not even joking. First came the tears, then the heart-wrenching sobs, then the boyfriend going slack-jawed as I began to thrash and scream. Okay. Well, I’m more emotional than some.
But rewriting can be hard. Editing your own work is, by its very nature, an emotional experience. (I’m looking at you, @RebeccaTomorrow.) Especially if you are editing a work you first wrote (a) 6 months ago, (b) one year ago, or (c) so long ago it doesn’t even matter anymore. Pretty much everything past (a), if you write regularly, will look like a third grader went at it with a crayon and some slobber. Trust me. I’m there with you. My threshold is about four months now–the beginning of The Aeronauts, which I started back in February, reads like some mutant crossbreed of a high school English essay and Tolkien.
But there are things you can do to lessen the impact: and that is to realize that self-editing is not editing. (more…)
Category How-to, Industry | Tags: critique,editing,editors,literary agents,self-publishing,writer's group | 9 Comments
March 22, 2012 by Kiersi
The road to getting published is long and strenuous, no matter how you go about it–which is why I wrote “The Road to Publishing: Choose Your Own Adventure” on the new writer’s resource website, Magenta Scribe. This introductory post will guide you through some of the advantages and disadvantages of:
-Publishing with small and independent publishers
Of course, I also talk about how to make yourself look professional no matter what, and give a few tips to authors working any of those three venues. I’ll be a contributing author to Magenta Scribe in the future, so look for more from me as KC and I dig into things.
Good luck! Hope to see you there!
Category Publishing | Tags: eBooks,publishing,self-publishing | No Comments