*+-At the Salon du Livre in Paris, a new program introduced indie publishers to agents and scouts, while authors continued protesting poor contracts.
*+-With meager advances, often just 500 euros, and royalty rates of 3-8%, French children’s book authors have much to complain about.
*+-Publishing Technology’s Randy Petway on the hazards of not knowing what rights you have, not protecting your intellectual property, and the financial benefits of mining the backlist.
*+-Amazon has launched a new tool for authors to create and sell digital textbooks. But there are questions about royalty rates on higher priced e-textbooks.
*+-The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon has gone directly to authors ‘hoping to gain hearts and minds – and leverage’ in its dispute with Hachette.
*+-One suggestion to foster more translations in the US is to encourage translators to decline fees in favor of receiving royalties. Is this the preferable path?
*+-Italian translator Cristina Vezzaro’s new blog, Authors & Translators, is campaigning for more respect for the work of literary translators.
*+-Petra Hardt, Foreign Rights Director at Berlin’s Suhrkamp Verlag, has written ‘Rights: Buying. Protecting. Selling’ to help publishers make the best choices.
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*+-Publishers exhibiting at the Licensing Expo International included Penguin, Scholastic and Wiley. Harlequin was represented by a licensing agency called Brandgenuity.