Authors versus publishers in the digital age

Max Atkinson

As many of you will know, there's quite a debate going on about Google's plan to make every book ever published available online. Although publishers are making a lot of noise about it, they've stayed remarkably quiet about another wheeze they've been exploiting since the digital age got under way - and about which they haven't bothered to tell their authors. for last year's royalties on the book, which they're now selling at an RRP of £18.99 (or £16.54

Seth Godin cuts out middleman publisher, sells books direct from blog

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Another arrow in the heart of the traditional publishing industry.    Big brandname marketing expert Seth Godin is cutting out his long-time publisher Portfolio and promoting/distributing his books from his own wildly popular blog.     Both had material that would have been more of interest to the marketplace, say, six or even 12 months earlier.  I had assisted with the manuscript and will receive some royalties

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E-Limbo: We authors are simply bidding our time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Publishing, as it shifts from print to e-books and other kinds of publications, is in limbo.  So, we authors are simply bidding our time and putting up with low royalties.    Like the leaders and managers in the publishing industry, we authors are trying to figure out how to monetize digital.    What counts is that we keep improving how we present material for the e-market. 

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It was published around February 17, 2010.    Then I found out through Amazon.com the book was not to be published until mid February 2010.      On this blog I signaled the powers-that-be, ranging from Dilenschneider to publisher American Management Association, that the perspective and content had to be brought up to date.  Therefore, some of the material wound up being dated.

Post-Recession Do-Not-Buy List

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It's entertainment materials such as DVDs. Epilogue: For assisting some with Bob Dilenschneider's book AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS, I receive royalties.    They come twice a year, every year: August and February, the publisher the American Management Association informed me, when I asked them.  We're heading into a long summer weekend, yet Bob Dilenschneider's book is at 647,859  on Amazon.com.