The Authors Guild launched a “Fair Contract Initiative” yesterday designed to rethink what the organization sees as inequitable agreements between authors and publishers in the digital age. Through a series of “commentaries” it will publish on its website, the Authors Guild wants to arm authors with information about key terms over which to haggle with publishers. According Mary...
DBW Roundtable: 5/19 | Topic: Problems and Opportunities in Contracts
By Emily Williams | "Yes, behind this share-and-share-alike doctrine is a real business model."
By Evan Schnittman | "It is incredibly important to market a title coherently and wisely with a single brand and publish everywhere at the same time."
By Emily Williams | "Stripping away the paper form has revealed the true nature of books: they are complicated bundles of copyrights."
DBW WEBcast: Explore the conflicts and opportunities presented by digital rights (ebooks and beyond), and discuss alternative models.
By Emily Williams | "Where will ebook rights end up?"
By Emily Williams | "Our revenues have quadrupled in two years. We're beginning to make a profit and pay substantial royalties."
By Emily Williams | "eBooks are good news. There are many more paths to market."
By Richard Curtis | "Publishers are loath to sue authors (or the widows and children of authors)."
DBW WEBcast: Exploring the controversies and conflicts that have arisen around eBook rights and how agents are treating them.
By Emily Williams | "An alternative to the established business of rights sales: direct, disintermediated access to readers in other countries."
Topic: The Self-Publishing Opportunity | Roundtable: 7/1/10
By Jason Allen Ashlock | "There is a lot of slack in publishing these days, and agents are picking up most of it."
By Jane Friedman | "Agents need to be empowered and given room to innovate as much as the authors."
By Mike Shatzkin || "Today’s blog is to recruit the readers of The Shatzkin Files [and DigitalBookWorld.com] to help too."
"From Amazon and eBooks to new media, social media and transmedia, the landscape for authors has changed dramatically."
By Emily Williams || "In the houses and at the fairs, the future won't stay safely at the margins for long."
By Emily Williams || "A chasm opened up between discoverability of titles and the consumer's ability to buy those titles."
By Sharon Blackie BA (Hons), MA, PhD || "On the average e-book... we don’t make any more than we do on the sale of an average print book."
By Jane Friedman || "Splitting the rights sounds tasty, but that would push down the e-book price since that rights holder has no stake in the print version of the book."
By Jane Friedman || "Publishing is much more collaborative and transparent now than it was even 10 years ago."
@mallevallik @draccah are optimistic about publishing!
Digital Book World addresses pricing issues, new business models, and strategies for moving forward “While I take a back seat to no one in arguing that publishers owe it to readers to provide books in all formats at reasonable prices… and that the customer ultimately drives the business, it’s important to remember that publishers...
By Don Linn || "We need these writers and a significant component of a publishers’ role is to sustain, encourage and build their careers."
Rewriting the rules of risk and reward is the underlying theme of the session Back-Loaded Book Deals: No (and Low) Advance Contracts, Profit-Sharing and Other Innovative Business Models, with Roger Cooper of Vanguard (Perseus) and Robert Miller of HarperStudio (HarperCollins).