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Spritz wants to help you read faster — and might even help those with reading disorders
March 12, 2014 | 5:25 pm

As you look at all those books on your to-read list, you might think to yourself that there has to be a quicker way to get through them all. Argh! If only I read faster. Spritz is hoping to help you with that. The Boston-based group is working on speed-reading technology, which I first read about on The Passive Voice. While Paul covered this story a few weeks ago, there's been lots more media coverage of it since. Seems it's quite popular on the tech blogs. Glancing through the comments on Passive Voice, however, it seems not everyone is thrilled with the new...

What is NOT in doubt about Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings report
February 17, 2014 | 6:10 pm

So, self-publishing and traditional-publishing author Hugh Howey published a report on some data he pulled from Amazon and crunched (Paul covered it here), purporting to show some things about the number of self-published books compared to those from traditional publishers. This has touched off a lot of blowback in the last couple of weeks as everyone and their uncle has attacked the data set for not being comprehensive. Howey has some interesting things to say, to be sure. Across 7,000 titles, Howey noticed that those from Big Five publishers tend to have the lowest average star rating, but the...

Discussions with Kensington Publishing head Steven Zacharius lay bare the wide gulf between publishing execs and writers
January 21, 2014 | 1:24 pm

Steve 3An interesting thing happened a few days ago. An author posted the details of her publishing contract, including exactly how much (or more aptly, I gather, how little) she was making from her traditionally-published book. She was forced to take it down for “contract disclosure reasons” shortly afterward, and it had already expired from Google’s cache by the time I went looking for it, so I don’t know the specifics. When Passive Guy at The Passive Voice linked said article, the discussion became the most active he’d ever seen on his blog—298 comments at this point, and probably more...

Protecting your name as a writer
August 14, 2013 | 3:00 pm

stack of newspapersYour name is everything. That’s what people say and for good reason. This topic came up again because last week writer David Farland wrote a post about protecting your name, which was blogged on The Passive Voice. It was an interesting piece, and Farland has a lot of experience in the writing field through different mediums. I spent 10 years as a reporter at a newspaper before moving on to online publishing and magazines. For the most part at the newspaper, revisions happened but usually were light because of tight deadlines. However, when feature pieces were written, and the editors had more...

Canadian Writers’ Union to Consider Self-Published Authors
May 12, 2013 | 12:01 pm

As self-publishers gain legitimacy, the Writers’ Union of Canada is considering membership for the indie authors. The story was first reported on CBC (and linked to on The Passive Voice). The union represents more than 1,900 authors in Canada. The voting will take place at the end of the month in Ottawa. “I think it's been bubbling under the surface for a few years," John Degen, TWUC's executive director, told CBC. “There are a lot of young writers who are sold on the idea of having that level of control over their careers, which has nothing to do with their success in...

Author Solutions Lawsuit Breaks Down Source of Money
May 3, 2013 | 11:00 am

Penguin Group’s self-publishing service, Author Solutions, is being sued, Courthouse News Service reported earlier this week. The complaint by three authors states that Author Solutions cheated them out of royalties and charged them for typos that were inserted by the company. There was an interesting passage in the Courthouse News Service article that gave financial and statistical information about Author Solutions. "Author Solutions' revenues are estimated at $100 million per year," the complaint states. "Of the $100 million Author Solutions earns as revenue, approximately one third of that amount, or millions annually, comes from book sales. The rest of its revenue is derived from...