Shared Royalties as payment: Pre-digital dreamer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A wannabe author puts an ad for ghostwriting, offering as compensation a share of royalties.    To bring in any royalties it has to be published by a big brandname like Sarah Palin or really dish the dirt like THE POLITICIAN.    Otherwise it's unlikely to yield any royalties at all.    This month I will find out from The Dilenschneider Group what royalties came in from AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS. 

"Stefano Tonchi v. Advance Publications" - Latest Chapter in Paradise Lost

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As part of its turnaround plan, that former publishing paradise, which treated creative talent like royalty, has been selling off titles. He contends violation of the employment contract.

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Fox Effect and Long Tail

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

My concern with this particular long tail is that I had been contracted to receive 50% of the royalties because of my assistance with the book.    For February, I received no royalties

Progress: I feel like Kalinda on "The Good Wife"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sleuthing unfolded this information:  The information about royalties from the book I assisted Bob Dilenschneider with - AMA HANDBOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS - is solely in his hands.    By written contact, I am supposed to receive 50% of those royalties.  Genova: The American Management Association provides royalties information only to individuals who are parties to our publishing agreements.  Street vs. elite might be making some progress. 


Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Because of my assistance with the manuscript, by contract I receive a percentage of the royalties.  Nice way to go into the weekend.    As this PDF   informs, D2 has been hawking the book AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS at the Javits Center.    "D2" is the moniker derived by me from the public relations agency Dilenschneider Group's association with D1, that is client Lou Dobbs. 

Readers, give your input: should I give up my day job?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

All that adds up to 50% of royalties for me.    I have it in writing [picked up such tidbits about contract law at Harvard Law School] because of my assistance with the manuscript.   Or, should I not trust a contract in this capitalistic system where a cunning lawyer could throw talent and their little agreements housed in fire-proof boxes under the bus? Not that I really have a day job.    Few writers do. 

Book Sales Uneven

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Because of my assistance in preparation of the manuscript, I am contracted to receive 50 percent of royalties.    The publisher - the American Management Association - will issue the report on the sales and royalties mid-August and then in February.  I have clients and colleagues whose books sold well on Barnes and Noble and crashed on    The pull force on Barnes and Noble could be its membership discounts. 

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Cautionary Tale for Writers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  So, to ensure that I would be paid on a timely basis for my assistance with preparing the AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS, I put the matter of the collection of the royalty payments in the hands of Adams, Stevens & Bradley, Ltd.   I asked it explicitly if it could process royalties.    I signed the contract.    Toward the end of February I signed the contract with Adams, Stevens & Bradley.

Universe Smiling on Bob Dilenschneider

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He is also contracted to provide me with 50% of the royalties from AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS for my assistance with the manuscript. Public relations leader Bob Dilenschneider seems to be having a very good week.    His latest book AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS has been on a steep upward trajectory.    This morning on it's at 56,275.    You bet, I rejoice with Dilenschneider. 

Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

We continue to produce revenue from speeches and seminars, royalties, products, contract training, coaching and consulting, but by adapting how we went to market, we developed some innovative ways to deliver our services to meet the changing needs of a different marketplace."

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No sweet spot on Barnes and Noble either

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Disclosure: For my assistance with AMA HANDBOOK, I am contracted to receive 50 percent of the royalties. Let's face it: It's the post-print era.    Books, even well crafted ones, are a hard sell.    That's what I warn prospects who have their heart and hopes set on publishing a traditional print book through a traditional print publishing house. 

PR Counseling 99-cents, your change goes to the church

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That's the essence of PR and that's why the field, unlike the contracting businesses of law and journalism, is growing.    Disclosure: For the assistance I provided in preparing AMA HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, I receive 50% of the royalties. Throughout the east coast, churches are sponsoring or at least providing space for those who have fallen from professional grace.    For many in Fairfield County, that fall has been long and hard. 

777: 7 Kindle books, 7 pluses and 7 minuses

Max Atkinson

I've been a fan of Amazon's Kindle ever since signing a contract for digital versions of two of my books - when I discovered that the author's share of the royalties is about seven times more than the miserable 7.5%

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GDP 3.5% Growth 3Q: Darwinian Reflections

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That could mean significant royalties.   Not ever, unless some policy think tank hires me for contract ghostwriting.  It is good news.    The GDP grew in 3Q 3.5%.    It is good news because my business has, like the "Night of the Living Dead," been jumping out of nowhere on all fronts. 

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Authors versus publishers in the digital age

Max Atkinson

Nor had such a category even been dreamt of a quarter of a century ago when I signed the original contract with Methuen (later taken over by Routledge, later taken over by Tayor & Francis). But didn't the original contract say that the rights would revert to the author if and when the publisher stops printing it." "Er- for last year's royalties on the book, which they're now selling at an RRP of £18.99 (or £16.54

Great Scandals Raise All Boats

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Because of my assistance with the book, I am contracted to receive 50% of the royalties [ Download Dilenschneiderinovice ].  The shrewd have staked out their space in the Rupert Murdoch hacking scandal. 

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What Happened?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I assisted with the manuscript and for that am contracted to receive 50% of the royalties, which likely won't be a windfall.  Given that Dilenschneider has about 55 full-time employees plus a number of contract ones, that kind of campaign could have been handled in-house.  The AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS, by Bob Dilenscheider is at number 673,447 on 

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Should You Write an eBook?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  The publisher, finally, will pay you royalties based on every book sold after you’ve paid back the advance.    With the old model, you had to contract for a certain number of copies, like going to Kinko’s – 5,000 or 10,000, say.  Should you write an eBook?    Should you publish one?    What does that even mean? 

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AMA HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC RELATIONS: Like careers, books have comebacks too

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Full Disclosure:  By contract, I am to receive 50% of the royalties from the AMA HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC RELATIONS. On, the AMA HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC RELATIONS by Robert L. Dilenschneider is listed at 403,664.   It was published around February 17, 2010.    Like careers, this book can have a comeback.    All that takes is humility, hustle, and hard work.

How to write, sell, and market a business book – IV: You’ve written that proposal; now what?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  In exchange for 12-15 % of your advance (and your royalties) they will be your friend for life and help you navigate the difficult terrain of the contract – and most importantly, help you get taken seriously by publishers.    Next time:  the publishing contract! So you’ve written that proposal, and it’s killer.    Remember, there’s still a long way to go.    And unfortunately, we’re at one of the hard parts of the journey. 

Fewer Bad Guys/Bad Gals: Do a show or publish a book?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Aside from the royalties I'm earning and the congratulations on Facebook from school chums and enemies, I don't see myself creating value.    Armed with appropriate video and audio devices, they can apply for work, full-time or contract, present themselves as prospective clients, and a la Michael Moore but smoother question them what were the terms and conditions they agreed to in selling their souls to the devil. It got that bad.

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Publishing a Tell-All: Risky Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That's lousy news for me since for my role in preparation, I am contracted to 50% of the royalties.  In this era when gossip is a major industry, publishing a tell-all would seem a sure money-maker.    Not so.    That's because the world has become too volatile.    So many variables are in play which can deep-six sales or keep them bouncing up.

The Tony Soprano Approach to Accounts Receivable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I am considering using PSI for gaining access to royalty statements for a book I ghostwrite for a professional-services firm.    The client signed a contract that I would receive 50% of royalties.  When I was a little girl in Jersey City, New Jersey, my relatives frequently took me along to collect on Accounts Receivable.    Of course, this tactic of bringing a kid is right out of the Tony Soprano Approach to not getting stiffed. 

Collecting Those Accounts Receivable: More on this ordeal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  On this blog I have noted my struggles with certain members of The Establishment in obtaining even information about sales and royalties for book projects in which I have assisted.    We are all still suffering, including myself and the contract employees I have to pay.  The downturn has been going on a few years.    Therefore, none of us in communications should be newbies at the ordeal of collecting on accounts receivable. 

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2010 - Writers's New Year's Resolutions

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Eventually we have more business than we can handle and have to hire contract help.   And, believe me, we don't know which will hit in the sense of pulling in new business, piling up the royalties, and enhancing a brandname.   If hope could pack a voodoo wallop, 2010 will turn out to be a very good year.    But we writers have to be prepared to identify, leap on, and exploit opportunity. 

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