Less than Minimum Wage for Authors?

15 Aug

Interesting, especially for new and mid-list writers.

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Traditional Publishing Contracts – Part One of a Series

You might remember an article How Harlequin Publishing Deceives Their Authors from last summer in this blog, about the planned class action suit against the publisher. Today I stumbled about a sequel of J.A. Konrath’s blog: Harlekin Fail, Part 2, where he explains the contract practices of the trade publishers in general, and how they deceive their authors. From today on we will look more closely into these practices.

When offered the opportunity to publish traditionally, about two-thirds of self-published authors are interested. The supposed prestige of a traditional publisher, the wide distribution a publisher can generate and help with marketing, are the reasons, cited in surveys.
However the perception of traditional publishing is often not up to date in public, as the way of book marketing (and the whole traditional publishing business) has totally changed…

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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Other


2 responses to “Less than Minimum Wage for Authors?

  1. kristinkingauthor

    August 16, 2013 at 1:47 am

    So true. At conference the agents and publishing houses wanted to know how large the “platform” already was for authors. They expect you to be marketing yourself to the public before you pitch to them.

  2. Beth

    August 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Lots of good information. Thanks for sharing, Kristin! I think more new authors need to realize that these days, whether you self publish or you use a trade publisher, you’re going to have to market your own books.


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