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ALCS leads debate at House of Commons following author earnings report
July 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Following the release of the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) study “What Are Words Worth Now?,” already covered in TeleRead, which showed a catastrophic drop in writers' earnings, and the numbers of full-time authors, in the UK, the ALCS held a debate at the UK House of Commons on the issues raised in the report. Some participants at least didn't mince words about the report's conclusions. Owen Atkinson, Chief Executive of ALCS, said after the release of the report, "These are concerning times for writers. This rapid decline in both author incomes and in the numbers of those writing full-time could...

Douglas Preston decries Amazon tactics against Hachette authors (Updated)
July 3, 2014 | 4:25 am

Well, he’s at it again. Long-time TeleRead readers might remember Douglas Preston as the author who complained about readers’ “sense of entitlement” for wanting cheap e-books, only to backpedal rather hastily when the complaint sparked a reader backlash. Yesterday, Jeffrey Trachtenberg reported in the Wall Street Journal that Preston has been circulating an open letter among various authors complaining that Amazon has been unfairly targeting Hachette authors in its recent contract negotiations with their publisher. He has reportedly received support from a number of big names (including, predictably, James Patterson) and will be posting the letter to his...

Amazon vs Hachette vs Authors
May 25, 2014 | 3:57 pm

Fighting over computer keyboardOur friends at The Passive Voice have linked to an interesting little op-ed by author Lili Saintcrow where she weighs in on the Hachette vs Amazon battle, which we have already covered here. She raises the valid point that publishers rely on pre-sale orders to gauge the probable success of a title, and this affects how much promotion, attention and resources the publisher then puts into the book and the author. From the article: "Those forecasts create numbers that are used when, for example, Devi makes the case to buy another series from me while I’m finishing up writing the current one....

Goodreads adds new ‘Ask the Author’ feature
May 22, 2014 | 12:25 pm

goodreadsI posted this to the Morning Links, but this is such a cool story that I wanted to elaborate further. Goodreads has added an intriguing new feature called 'Ask the Author' which allows users to post questions to favourite authors, get answers, and read the questions and answers which other users post. The initial launch features 54 authors, including Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown, Michael Cunningham, Arianna Huffington, Douglas Preston and other big names. Eventually, it will be available for all Goodreads authors. So, how does it work? You can go straight to the blog post linked to above to browse the initial...

Weekend Roundup: The business of being an author. A hype-free article on Aereo and more
April 20, 2014 | 11:22 am

business of being an authorNow that Amazon Owns Comixology , What Will Happen To Submit? (The Digital Reader) It’s been a week since Amazon announced that they were acquiring Comixology , and the surprise deal has left many questions unanswered, including what Amazon plans to do with Submit. *** Books, Toys Still Work for Specialty Outlets (Publishers Weekly) Since the demise of Noodle Kidoodle and Zany Brainy in the early 2000s, specialty “book-and-toy” stores have maintained a low profile. Yet a number of retailers, from the 130-unit Learning Express chain to mom-and-pop stores, are still serving their communities with a mix of toys and books. *** Authorpreneurship and the Business...

Morning Roundup: Distee, new ebook distributor. Why publishers should care about wearables and more
April 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

disteeThe Ten Worst Things You Can Say to a Writer During a Book Launch (Huffington Post) For anyone who knows a writer launching a book, therefore, I have compiled a list of things not to say if you want to avoid provoking a tearful outburst: *** New eBook Dstributor Distee Launches Flat-fee Model (The Digital Reader) Distee, a new distributor which launching this week, takes a different approach. This firm is offering to distribute an author’s ebooks to major ebookstores in exchange for a flat monthly fee. *** Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week (GalleyCat) Oxford University Press is making its...

Six reasons to use a pen name
April 6, 2014 | 12:08 pm

mynameispenname When an author publishes a book, they need to make a decision before the book hits the market. Do they want to use a pen name? Here are six reasons why a writer may want to use a pen name. 1. You write erotica: There is nothing wrong with writing in the genre, but writers may want to choose a pen name because they don’t want close friends or relatives to know. They may want to hide that book from dear old dad. 2. You write under different genres: If an author writes under several genres, they may want to use a different name...

I just got my first royalty statement. Evah.
March 29, 2014 | 10:25 am

royalty statementIn some kind of testament to the enduring power of intellectual property and copyright, the UK's Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) finally caught up with me last year, with a bunch of royalties owed me from way back. Then after a further delay, payment at last arrived, and now, a summary statement of the whole transaction. Only, I have no idea what it's for. This royalty statement could apply to over 20 years' worth of cumulative royalties. Unfortunately, without a clear breakdown of what titles it's for, it's a guessing game as to what I'm getting paid for (or perhaps...

Morning Roundup: JK Rowling can do what she wants, eBook subscriptions to change publishing?
March 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

ebook subscriptionsJK Rowling Can do Whatever the F--- She Wants (Book Riot) Here’s the thing about writing a response piece. You don’t want the opinion your response is directed toward to be completely idiotic and insane. *** Make Your Website Do the Work: The 6 Site MUST-Haves to Sell More Books, Improve Your Credibility and Grow Your Following (Author U) Simply put, your website is the hub and heart of everything you do online. This is your chance to completely express who you are, what you do and the value you can add to others. *** eBook Subscription, Part 1: Will it Change Publishing? (Brave New...

How to reward great authors when reading them through (legal) free means
February 12, 2014 | 12:53 pm

reward great authorsI have just finished my first five-star read of the year---which I know is not saying much given that it's only February, but it's been a long time since I've read a book which really knocks my socks off. The book---[easyazon-link asin="B008QXVDJ0" locale="us"]The Golem and the Jinni[/easyazon-link] by Helene Wecker---is set in turn-of-the-century New York City (and is rich in historical details of this period) and finds the two titular mythical creatures washed up randomly upon its shore. The Jinni, a creature of fire, finds water-logged New York City unsettling, and hooks up with a mentor (a Syrian tinsmith) who tries...

Morning Roundup: Lines between publisher and platform blur, Does your author website measure up and more
February 10, 2014 | 8:55 am

author websiteRequired College Content Continuing to Move From Textbooks to Digital Materials (Digital Book World) More students are reporting that required course content for college courses is steadily moving away from formal textbooks and toward digital materials, according to the latest Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education study from the Book Industry Study Group. *** As the Line Between Platform and Publisher Continues to Blur, Who Wins? (GigaOM) The term “platishers” is a terrible one, but Jonathan Glick of Sulia has a point about the increasingly blurred lines between platforms and publishers. The real question is what the duties of those platforms are towards...

The creative writing conspiracy outed
January 25, 2014 | 12:36 pm

Science fiction writer Rahul Kanakia, already featured previously in TeleRead, has penned an acid-etched portrait of the U.S. creative writing establishment that should be required reading for any new or aspirant writers, so that you know what you're getting into - or struggling against.  You can get the tone from the title: "Why you should hate the creative writing establishment (…as if you needed any more reasons)" Not only does Kanakia draw attention to the class divide between the kind of fellow writers he has met in the Master of Fine Arts program and the Clarion Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego,...