So a Huffington Post writer wants JK Rowling to stop writing books, apparently like most people who don’t understand how math or economics work, they think that if somebody else made a dollar, they lost one. Or if somebody else got pie, then there is no pie for them. Apparently this stupidity isn’t limited to just whining about economics anymore.
Read this first. Read it and gawk at the lameness.
Somebody posted this to my Facebook page, wanting my honest opinion as a relatively successful author who is more into the nuts and bolts of business rather than mystical muses and other assorted writerly bullshit. I can’t take every request that comes along because I’m kind of busy writing stuff that gets me paid, but this one needs to get clubbed before any other aspiring writers buy into this line of defeatist thinking. Some ideas just deserve to be…
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Why Choose A Small Press? – Daven Anderson
Daven will explore the strengths and drawbacks of each method of publishing (New York, Do-It-Yourself and Small Press), answer authors’ questions, and give these authors information to help them decide which path is right for them.
One my syllabus points sums it all up nicely:
The Three Boxes:
DIY: Thinking Outside The Box
NY: Thinking About The Big Box
Small Press: Building A New Box
This year’s WANACon Conference runs from Noon to 8PM EDT on Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd. Conference hours may change a bit to allow for more workshops.
“Deus ex Machina”, in the worst possible way.
Not only is there no such thing as a famous author anymore, now L.J. Smith has been removed from the equation entirely. How long before a publisher attempts to foist an artificial-intelligence-written “work” on the public?
I might even live to see that sad day … 👿
To put it briefly, I’ve been fired from writing the Vampire Diaries. And I’ve been fighting and fighting this since last fall, but there is absolutely no recourse. Midnight is the last L. J. Smith book in the Vampire Diaries series.
It probably sounds completely impossible to say that I am fired from writing my own books. But the truth is that they’re not mine, even though I write every word. When I was called by an agent and asked to write the vampire trilogy, that agent wasn’t from a publisher, but from what is now Alloy Entertainment, Ltd. And they are a book packager. A book packager sells books, already made with covers and all, to publishers, like HarperCollins—my publisher for The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. And both these series were written “for hire” which means that the book packager owns the books the author produces. Although I didn’t even understand what “for hire” meant back in 1990, when I agreed to write books for them, I found out eventually, to my horror and dismay. It means that even though I have written the entire series, I don’t own anything about The Vampire Diaries. And from now on, the books will be written by an anonymous ghostwriter, just as Stefan’s Diaries are. It will say “Created by L. J. Smith” on the cover, but I am not allowed even to change a word in the ghostwriter’s book.
Another wretched example of the authors’ rung on the ladder: When Random House gave their employees the “$5,000 bonuses” from their “Fifty Shades Trilogy” lucre, authors were not included in that group. Yet, without piggybacking on author E.L. James’ already-notable-and-notorious work, they would not have been able to pay said bonuses.