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Are You Giving Up Your Rights to a Print Edition?

Publishers Weekly just ran an article about contracts and book formats that affects anyone looking for a traditional deal.

Agents (most speaking anonymously) are concerned that contracts will soon come with clauses that make no guarantee on format. In fact, according to agent and e-book publisher Richard Curtis, that’s already the case with big houses that are releasing e-originals.

For a new author, this can hit hard. Traditional publishing royalties are generally higher for print as opposed to e-books. That means less money for you.

But unless your contract stipulates otherwise, a publisher can test a digital version of your book before deciding if it’s worth investing in print.

Since I expect to be going the indie route, this isn’t a big issue for me. However, if I were looking for an agent, it would be huge. Why sign away my rights when distribution may be limited?

What are your thoughts? Would you sign a contract that doesn’t guarantee a hardcover or paperback edition?

5 Great Books for Indie Authors

As I begin my journey towards indie publishing, I’ve been buying books aimed at newbies.

Click on the links at end of each synopsis and you’ll be taken to Amazon.com, where you can check out the Table of Contents for each book and then decide which one (or more) fits your needs the best.

Cheers!

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1.  THE SELF-PUBLISHING TOOLKIT

I love that Daphne has included a workbook you can print out to keep track of things. Her guidance on market research is spot on. She takes you through the KDP process on Amazon, including how to set up your Author Central profile, Amazon product page, and much more. She notes how Scrivener users can export their books directly into the Kindle format, so there are no extra steps, a huge relief to anyone dismayed about formatting. A fantastic resource.

The Self-Publishing Toolkit

 

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2.  SELF-PRINTED, The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing

Catherine guides you through the process, from building an online platform, to formatting (for non-Scrivener users) and publishing e-books and paperbacks, as well as how to sell your self-published work. You’ll enjoy Catherine’s wit along the way.

Self-Printed

 

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3. HOW TO MARKET A BOOK

It’s hard to miss Joanna, she’s a powerful presence on social media and has a wonderfully helpful blog,The Creative Penn. Her book focuses solely on marketing and it’s full of time-tested strategies she’s used with her own books. I especially enjoyed her section on Amazon reviewers.

How to Market a Book

 

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4. Let’s Get Digital

David is passionate about authors pursuing the e-book route and the first part of his book covers the digital “revolution” and how it’s changed the publishing landscape forever. He covers the basics succinctly, and has excellent advice on why you need to invest in a good editor and book cover designer. He also includes thirty-three success stories to inspire you.

Let’s Get Digital

 

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5. The Frugal Book Promoter

Carolyn is a public relations pro who knows the ins and outs of getting publicity on the cheap. She addresses common worries, takes you through the basics, and has a very thorough section on how to put together a media kit.

The Frugal Book Promoter

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Surreal Landscapes

Image from: http://www.carlwarner.com/image/foodscapes/the-rialto-bridge_5/#&panel1-5
Image from:
http://www.carlwarner.com/image/foodscapes/the-rialto-bridge_5/#&panel1-5

Carl Warner is a genius. I love his rendition of Italy’s Rialto Bridge (above). If you haven’t seen his food landscapes before, check them out at:

Twisted Shifter 

Pretty amazing, right? I especially like how Twisted Shifter includes photos that show Warren at work.

Enjoy!