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A List of Things Scott Turow Doesn’t Care About

Another good article by David Gaughran. I don’t know much about the Author’s Guild but they don’t seem like an organization I would want to be a part of. That’s too bad. They sound like they have a lot of money to help us writers and authors, they don’t seem to be good advocates.

A List of Things Scott Turow Doesn’t Care About.

 

The Year of the Author?

…Now more than ever authors are in the driver’s seat. Not all of them, not all the time but more than a decade ago, certainly.

In the case of Random House, authors associations pressured it into playing nicer with authors. In the case of Day, when an author does want to play with a publisher, it’s generally on the author’s terms. And in the case of a self-published author topping the best-seller list, when authors play the game without the help of a publisher, sometimes they win.

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The Year of the Author?.

Vanity Press Naughty list

More wise words for those looking to self-publish. Buyer beware!

David Gaughran

blogpicThere seems to be a view in certain self-congratulatory circles that publishers have finally got to grips with the digital revolution, that they have weathered the fiercest part of the storm, and that they are well-placed now not just to survive, but to thrive.

There are innumerable problems with that view, of course, but today I’d like to focus on one core truth of this brave new world that publishers have failed to grasp.

Namely, there are only two essential components to publishing in the digital era: the writer and the reader.

All of the old middlemen – agents, publishers, distributors, retailers – have to justify their cut, as the writer can now bypass them and go direct to readers. The only middlemen (IMO) currently making a compelling case for their cut are retailers. Self-publishers are more than happy to fork over 30% to Amazon to access their ever-expanding customer base.

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