Indie Recon is Coming!

 

Mark your calendars for 2014’s Indie Recon, the conference for independent writers. It’s coming next week, February 25-27.

It looks like another year full of great presenters, including JA Konrath and Susan Kaye Quinn, and a wide range of topics, from writing serials to marketing on Goodreads.

Hope you can make it!

To view the schedule, go to: Indie Recon.

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?

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!