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How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

Congratulations! You have signed with a publisher that wants to bring your book to the market. But how will you get paid for book sales? What royalties are considered normal? I suppose I should backtrack. First of all, how do traditional publishers pay authors, and what exactly are royalties? Publishers typically pay authors in several ways:… Continue reading How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

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Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

  Once upon a time, I worked for the editorial office of a small publisher. The most fascinating, heart-breaking, and frustrating part of my day was when I had to read through manuscripts in the slush pile. As many people know, the slush pile is what publishers call their collections of unsolicited query letters and… Continue reading Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

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The Magic of University Press Week, Online Events, Reading Suggestions, and More

When most of us think about publishing houses, we think of the big names in trade publishing. Hachette. Penguin Random House. HarperCollins. Macmillan. Simon & Schuster. But other types of presses also play a valuable and necessary role in creating diverse books. Some of these publishers are university presses. A university press differs from a… Continue reading The Magic of University Press Week, Online Events, Reading Suggestions, and More

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No Party Like a Book Party: The Frankfurt Book Fair

It’s that time of year again. Time when publishers, authors, and book vendors of all sorts converge upon Germany to hobnob, eat too much food, and find the next best thing in books. That’s right. It is time for the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest books trade fair in… Continue reading No Party Like a Book Party: The Frankfurt Book Fair

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The Problem with International e-Book Sales

Books connect people across the world, but sometimes money and taxes can hinder the sale of ebooks. For authors and publishers, this can make locating readers in other countries exceptionally difficult. Starting in 2015, the European Union began adding a Value Added Tax (VAT) to the sale of ebooks. VATs are extra taxes added to a… Continue reading The Problem with International e-Book Sales

Publishing · writing

Rejection and Writing: A Tragedy in 6 Steps

Let’s talk about rejection. I’m not a big fan of it; I doubt anyone is. But rejection is a fundamental part of the publishing process. Not all editors and presses are suited for all material, and some works could use a little more shine before they are sent out into the big bad world. The beauty of… Continue reading Rejection and Writing: A Tragedy in 6 Steps