Book royalty cheque arrives and I am smiling

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Book royalty cheque arrives and I am smiling. Tags: Self-Publishing & Print On Demand POD print on demand self-publishing Here's why.

How out-of-touch: Wanting to pay ghostwriter only with royalties

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  What they offer, and sometimes, with a bit of a gush at their own altruism, is up to 50% of royalties.    Of a universe of print which is giving way, sometimes quickly sometimes slowly, to video.  Hopefully, this post provides appropriate compensation education to those who want to retain ghostwriters in exchange for just royalties. There are these creatures in the deep of the ego or isolated worlds who want ghostwriting assistance. 

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One Writer’s Tale of Self-Publishing

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

The number of self-published print and e-books continue to grow exponentially while the number of books issued by traditional publishers declines. This trend is being fostered by both independent authors and the new wave of print on demand (POD) publishers who publish books for would-be authors lacking the technical skills to otherwise self-publish. They print books one at a time, when they are ordered by consumers or authors, and ship e-books as they are ordered.

Article: Self-Publishing, Author Services Open Floodgates for Writers

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Mid-level authors already know that the era of large advances, generous royalties, book tours and media spots are over. Yet in 2006 print-on-demand exploded. Tags: Self-Publishing & Print On Demand They have to spend their own time and money to create a website and publicize their books. Publishers just don't have the resources to offer them full support.

How To Write & Give A Speech: coming soon in Chinese

Joan Detz Speaker Services

How To Write & Give A Speech was originally published in 1984 and has remained continuously in print (producing royalties) for more than three decades – a distinction in publishing and a testament to the commitment of publisher […]. The Chinese rights for How To Write & Give A Speech have been placed with ThinKingdom Media.

Growth of ebooks and indie authors

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Although the rate of growth has slowed for e-books, the affordability and accessibility of digital will continue to erode print readership. Writers retain all rights while earning 60%–80% of the list price as their e-book royalty. While I have never topped a bestseller list, I self-publish all my book in print and electronic format. The print books are print on demand, through Lightning Source (now Ingram Spark for new indie authors) or Create Space.

What You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

Great Public Speaking

You know that public speaking book you have always wanted to write but never did because you would have to pay the printer to print hundreds more than you need and then store them forever in your garage? Now with print-on-demand, you can have a few or many books printed at a nominal price. Each book is printed when you or your client orders it and you only pay for the quantity ordered, whether it is one or 1,000.

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.     As THE ECONOMIST reports , last week Amazon revealed that in its latest quarter, it had sold more e-books than print. So, we authors are simply bidding our time and putting up with low royalties.    They remain, like some of publishing as well as the bookstore business, back in a literary world that print built. 

Putting Your eBook Sales on Autopilot

Pivotal Public Speaking recently announced that its monthly eBook sales have surpassed its print book sales. What’s a standard royalty or commission? This revolution means the market for your eBooks is burgeoning. If you are ready. But how do you enter this market? How do you convert your books into eBooks? And what’s the difference between Kindle format, ePub and PDF? Does your book need to be in all formats? Which is the most profitable?

No sweet spot on Barnes and Noble either

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Let's face it: It's the post-print era.    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.  Perhaps the book industry should be required to warn authors about the new realities of publishing print, at least for sale.  Disclosure: For my assistance with AMA HANDBOOK, I am contracted to receive 50 percent of the royalties.

Authors versus publishers in the digital age

Max Atkinson

Does a book ever go out of print? And I've long been amazed that it seems to have stayed in print for as long as the 25 years since it was first published by Methuen in 1984. But the operative words here are seems to have stayed in print , because I've just discovered that, in the traditional meaning of the term, it hasn't really stayed in print at all It's current publisher only prints a copy if someone actually orders one.

Should You Write an eBook?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  They used to acquire, edit, print, distribute and market books.    The publisher will print the book, distribute it to the 5 big wholesale distributors, and market it aggressively in the hope of earning that advance back.    The publisher, finally, will pay you royalties based on every book sold after you’ve paid back the advance.    Then, the publisher will ship the manuscript somewhere – perhaps China – to have the book printed

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

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Jeffrey Trachtenberg reports  that this trend-setter "plans to release subsequent titles himself in electronic books, via print-on-demand or in such formats as audiobooks, apps, small digital files called PDFs and podcasts." I had assisted with the manuscript and will receive some royalties.  Another arrow in the heart of the traditional publishing industry. 

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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Andrew Young's Genius and/or Good Luck: Not all exposes created equal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  That's a marvelous accomplishment for any book in the glutted marketplace of print.  So, what are the variables which make a book, in this post-print era, hot in terms of bringing in royalties?  Unlike other tell-alls which quickly petered out, Andrew Young's THE POLITICIAN remains a brisk seller.    Today on, it's in the 3000 category. 

Le Book: Over?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  No surprise, I am receiving more calls for scripting and/or presenting webinars than I am traditional print books.  [Disclosure: I receive 50% of royalties for the work I did on that book.] My "A book is the price of entry." " That's what I used to advise clients.    They listened.    A book was produced.    And, they agreed, I was right. 

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.   By time the book was in print, the perspective and some content were out of date.  The AMA HANDBOOK ON PUBLIC RELATIONS, by Bob Dilenscheider is at number 673,447 on    In 1991, his breakthrough book POWER AND INFLUENCE was a best-seller in public relations, quoted verbatim for years. 

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Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  My goal in doing that was to develop the kind of style in digital about courtroom drama which Dominick Dunne already had made standard in print.   My role, for which I'm receiving 50% of royalties, was assisting with the research, interviewing, and writing. Most media products can be saved.    Usually all that takes is some good ideas and lots of sweat equity. 

Yes, A Book Is Still "Price Of Entry" - Agent/Publisher Route, Self-Publishing, Home-Publishing

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 No, you don't put the book out there hoping to earn a bundle from royalties. For a relatively small fee, they will print the book and list it on the major online sellers such as Amazon. A book functions as a multi-dimensional marketing and sales tool.

Market Your Book with a Movie Trailer

Animated Trailers My first encounter with movie trailers for print books--rather than films made from books--was the VidLit for John Warners Fondling Your Muse.

Editing Your Speech: The Power of Precision

Speak and Deliver

As the story goes, her editor had asked her to cut 200 pages from the book, resulting in Ayn Rand renegotiating her royalties from the book to a smaller amount in return for her manuscript printing as she intended.

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