Saturday, August 1, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or HIgh Water 365-Day Blog-athon Day 49 -- Hot Links Saturday!

Top Five Publishing Stories for the Week 

Authors Guild Urges More Book Contract Changes

Although the Authors Guild is not on the list of my favorite changes right now due to this whole Amazon -- DOJ probe thing, what they are trying to do HERE is a good thing. When I give talks about publishing, I really urge authors to learn the BUSINESS of both self and traditional publishing. and part of knowing the business of traditional publishing is understanding what all those clauses in your contract mean--understand what you're signing! 

For example, I had quite a few wake-up calls after my first novel went "out-of-print." This is key to exercising your reversion rights. You know, getting your rights back when your book is no longer selling well. You have to know what that means when your publisher says we're going to list your book on "print-on-demand" after all of the print copies sell out. What does that mean for "out of print" when if you print on demand, it never goes out of print? Can you ever get your rights back? The answer is yes, but you better know how!

Oh the stories I could tell! But I won't here today. I'll certainly have lots to tell at my next Business of Publishing seminar. 

Anyway, the Authors Guild is now to trying to address this and other issues with some contract updates. If you ever want to traditionally publish your book, YOU BETTER READ THIS ARTICLE and follow this issue!!! It's important to know BEFORE you sign the contract. 

Author Influences are Mostly Male

No shocker here but still an interesting discussion. I'm sure most authors are mostly influenced by male authors because they dominate the industry. It's a number's game. I do not fall into this category. I would say most of my author influences have been female authors. BUT I'm weird and an outlier. Interesting article, nonetheless. 

Traditional Publisher Forbids Authors from Blurbing POD Books

So, this is interesting. A publisher from a small press says she found out that a Big 5 publisher will not allow its authors to blurb print-on-demand books. Really? 

First, I'm no sure how effective blurbs are in selling books. Traditional publishers think they are important, depending on the blurber, but I've never bought a book because of a blurb. Ever. Moreover,  I've never seen a book I had no interest in, read the blurb, and then said, "Oh, yes! Now I might own it." 

Never happened. 

Even still this is really shows traditional publishing's mentality. Seems to be us-vs-them. But where does that put so many hybrid published authors dipping their toes in both pools? I dunno. But this is an interesting read--and sad if true. 

Should Authors Pay for Reviews?

I don't believe in paying for a good review, but I don't have a problem with people paying to guarantee or expedite reviews. There is a difference. On Twitter, I get hit with tweets a thousand times a day from these "review" services. Seems like their promising 5-star reviews written by a network of people who won't necessarily even read your book. I have never and would never use this kind of service. But, if I had the spare money (I'm not sure what that is), then I might invest in a Kirkus or ForeWord review....and not feel bad about it. 

This is an interesting article that looks at both sides. If you can afford it, and if the services provides an honest review, I say go for it. 

South Carolina Book Festival Cancelled 

I've almost attended this event about six times. Usually I have to make trade-offs between finishing a book and going to the book festival and, in such occasions, the writing ALWAYS wins. But it's sad to see book festivals go away. We authors need MORE places to connect with readers, not fewer. 

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