After offering indie short form authors favorable royalty rates, Amazon has pivoted to attract bestsellers and bolster sales of Unlimited subscriptions.
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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