Friday, January 25, 2019

Thanks, Mr. Publisher - but No Thanks

So... the acquisitions editor of a traditional publishing house I will not mention has been contacting me over the last several weeks, encouraging me to submit a book proposal. 

I was sort of flattered - UNTIL I learned that they use a PREVIOUS traditional publisher I worked with to market their books. 

You know... the publisher that "forgot" to ship the books for the launch party of my third book for them...? The launch party attended by nearly 50 people including state and local politicians, local historians, and lots of really nice readers - some of whom were related to people in the book...? The launch party where I had to announce that there were going to be NO BOOKS - even though it was a book launch and signing...? 

Do I even have to tell you that I sent a polite "Thanks but no thanks" to this editor?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Latest Authors Guild Survey Bad News for Writers

The latest Authors Guild survey results are in - and they are devastating. 

Income for writers across the board is down 42% since 2009. 

Those of you who self-publish are in even worse shape, with earnings of 58% less than traditionally published authors.

Why these declines...? Smaller royalties, Amazon and Google using "fair use" as justification to freely distribute many writers' works, and Amazon's lock on ebook prices, among other reasons. 

If you're NOT a member of the Guild, what are you waiting for...? We can only make changes by working as a strong, united front. 

Or perhaps you disagree with these findings. If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts.