July 23, 2014
In This Issue
POD PRICE COMPARISON
SELF-PUBLISHING SECRETS REVEALED - How Many Book Sales Needed to Recoup Your Investment?
SELF-PUBLISHING SECRETS REVEALED - How Many Book Sales Needed to Recoup Your Investment?
BookLocker - 121 copies
CreateSpace - 289 copies
Lulu - 367 copies
Trafford - 428 copies
iUniverse - 401-472 copies
Xlibris - 477 copies
Fees are based on the least expensive package offered by each publisher on similar packages targeting U.S. authors. Fees include print publication within 6 weeks (interior setup, original cover design, up to 25 interior photos/graphics, an ISBN, barcode, print proof, a listing on the publisher's website, fulfillment, distribution by Ingram, the world's largest book distributor (which includes a listing on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, etc.) and basic ebook formatting, conversion, and fulfillment/distribution. We are including ebook services because most firms now include these in their print packages.
Publisher's Desk For July 23rd
THE FALL, 2014 24-HOUR SHORT STORY CONTEST IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!
The fall contest is always our most popular because it has a crispy fall theme.
Each contest is limited to 500 participants and THEY USUALLY FILL UP so don't delay if you want to participate!
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $200
Entry fee is only $5. You can see the complete list of 85 prizes and sign up here: http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.php
AUTHORS, DON'T GET RIPPED OFF!
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POD PRICE COMPARISON
BookLocker: $675 (deduct $200 if submitting your own cover)
ABUZZ PRESS IS SEEKING MANUSCRIPTS - Non-fiction,
how-to, new-age, textbooks, er*tic romance and other
fiction. See guidelines at:
NO SETUP FEES. (Yes, really!)
JOURNALISTS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH A SOURCE?
THIS WEEK'S WRITERSWEEKLY TRIVIA CONTEST!
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POD SECRETS REVEALED!
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3. WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION: Advice for the Digital Age
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News From the Home Office
Ali Picked Out Her Wedding Dress!
Ali's future mom-in-law, Sharon, came into town again last week so we gals hit the road in search of the PERFECT wedding dress. I honestly thought we'd have to go to several stores over several days but, within three hours, Ali had picked the perfect dress! And, it was the very first one she'd tried on!
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SELF-PUBLISHING CONTRACT FINE PRINT EXPOSED: Who Can Keep Selling Your Book For A YEAR After Termination? By Angela Hoy - WritersWeekly.com, BookLocker.com, Abuzz Press and PubPreppers.com
Good news! You just landed a traditional contract for your self-published book! Better news!! Your current self-publishing service (a POD publisher) has a 30-day termination clause. That's good because the traditional publisher offering you a nice advance isn't going to want to wait for you to get out of another contract. Some traditional publishers require proof that an author's book is no longer under contract elsewhere, and no longer for sale. In fact, if you can't provide that proof, they may rescind their offer, and offer that contract to a competing author instead.
Guess what? If you're an Xlibris, AuthorHouse, or Trafford author, terminating your book isn't as simple as their "30-day" contract termination clause may appear...
Letters To The Editor
Authors - Avoid Being Victimized by Bookstores
Re: The item concerning marketing to bookstores in which you state:
"I recommend selling a few copies to a bookstore on consignment instead. I must warn you to not sell them more than a handful at a time because chances are most will be returned. One author reported a bookstore telling her all copies of her books were stolen. (They never paid her and I, of course, didn't believe the bookstore was telling the truth.)"
I urge that authors selling to book stores:
1. Get paid up-front.
2. Give them written notice, with a copy duly endorsed by the store for the author's files, that the Author will refund the price of any unsold copies returned in salable condition as determined by the author via prepaid shipment.
Some 10 years ago, my co-author and I provided some copies of one of his books on consignment to one small bookstore and one distributor. He has yet to receive payment or returned copies from the bookstore.
As to the distributor, another bookstore had recommended it to Eric and, when he mentioned he had difficulty collected the amount due despite repeated assurances to the contrary, the bookstore owner paid the invoice amount and told Eric no problem, she would deducted the amount from the next invoice she received from the distributor. It would not complain because she was a good customer.
After that, it was prepay only.
Harvey Randall, Author
This Week's Article
The Rule of 5 for Writers By William Ballard
I learned the concept of the Rule of 5 at a seminar, "The Rule of 5 for Leadership," by John Maxwell. Since then, I've heard the Rule of 5 for just about everything. The Rule of 5 is a list of the five key things that you must do every day in your business, in your writing, or whatever goal you may be pursuing...
Ask The Expert
Am I About to Get Ripped Off? Yes!!
I can see giving up ownership to my work if I was getting paid, but giving up both ownership and pay? Is that wise?
I Earned the Same as My Full-time Salary, in a Quarter of the Time! By Amanda Eastep
In 2012, I made plans for my freelance writing career to grow to full-time over a three-year period. The plan included keeping my full-time "day job" so I wouldn't have to worry about paying the mortgage. This also afforded me the ability to refuse grasping at the low-paying and "low-hanging fruit."
Whispers And Warnings
Whispers And Warnings For July 23rd
Links to the stories below can be found here:
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE!
A Look at Copyright Myths We Need to Work Together to Kill. Now.
"Copyright myths remain a common plague on small press publishing, self-publishing, and freelance writing and art despite the ease of accessibility to reliable sources online..."
WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS. TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING IS *NOT* A GOOD DEAL FOR MOST AUTHORS.
Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable', says Society of Authors
"Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing.'"
I'LL SAY IT AGAIN! YOU CAN'T USE SONGS (NOT EVEN LYRICS) WITHOUT PERMISSION!!
YouTube star Michelle Phan sued over copyright
Ultra Records claims "she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website."
THAT CHARACTER LOOKS NOTHING LIKE LINDSAY LOHAN!
7 hilarious reasons celebrities have sued video game companies
"How many celebrities have brought legal action against oblivious, unsuspecting, or secretly sneaky game publishers?"
DID ANYBODY REALLY THINK HACHETTE WOULD BE THE ONLY VICTIM? YOU CAN BET ALL THE BIG PUBLISHERS ARE IN AMAZON'S SIGHTS!
Amazon Now In Talks With Simon & Schuster Over E-book Profit-sharing
"Amazon.com, Inc. has begun talks with book publisher Simon & Schuster, Inc., a division of CBS Corp. (CBS: Quote) over e-book pricing and profit sharing..."
PUBLISHER WINS LAWSUIT FILED OVER MEMOIR
Court Dismisses $1 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Publisher
"Skyhorse Publishing and Author Fred Stoller Win Seinfeld Related Defamation Lawsuit Brought by Kenny Kramer, the Real Life 'Cosmo Kramer.'"
DON'T USE ANOTHER AUTHOR'S FICTIONAL CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK!
Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of copyright
"The estate has been attempting to block a California lawyer and Holmes fancier, Leslie S. Klinger, from publishing a new book about the two characters unless he is willing to get a license from the estate and pay a fee."
Links to the stories above can be found here:
Archived Whispers and Warnings are HERE.
Markets And Jobs
Paying Markets And Jobs For July 23rd
These are NOT recycled guidelines. WritersWeekly.com only features original market listings, received from and approved by the editors at each publication.
Business Jet Traveler
CURRENT NEEDS: "Most interested in reader-service copy about buying/using private aviation services; and interviews with celebrities and prominent CEOs who fly privately. Also uses vacation travel stories (see our "Getaways" feature) but we're a bit overloaded with those at the moment. We pay a minimum of $0.50/word.
CURRENT NEEDS: "Our editorial calendar is posted here." Pay rates: Short articles - $125 to $200; Feature articles - $450 to $550; Web-only - $50.
Church Production Magazine, Worship Facilities Magazine and Designer Magazine
CURRENT NEEDS: Queries. Pays flat fee. Submit query by email with phone follow-up.
Freelance Financial Writers
Freelance Editor / Writer
South Queens weekly newspaper
Freelance Stringers - in MI, ND, SD, OH, IN, KY, IL,
Freelance Proofreader - Pays up to $30/hour
Freelance Investigative Reporter
Freelance Technical Copy Editor/Proofreader
Freelance Blogger - Elder Care. Pays $30/post.
Freelance Travel Writer - Pays $12/hour.
vacation rental management firm
Freelance Music Writer
New York based music industry publication
Freelance Real Estate Course Writer - Pays $10/hour.
online real estate school
Freelance Business Plan Writer
Freelance Writers - career tips and advice for students
Freelance Blogger - Pays $250-$400/month.
Freelance Food Writers
Start up food magazine dedicated to the Bronx
Freelance German to English Translator
Freelance Graduate Research Assistant - Pays $25/hour.
Freelance Weekend Writer / Editor - Pays $15-$20/hour.
Freelance PhD Proofreaders and Editors - Pays around $20/hour.
Freelance Web Content Specialist - Pays $12-$16/hour.
Freelance Permissions Assistant - near New York City, NY.
publications department of an established professional organization
Freelance Northeast Casting Reporter - Pays $500/month.
"the nation's preeminent brand covering the performing arts"
Freelance Education Writers - to create several TOEFL-style tests
Freelance Research Assistant - Pays $15/hour.
environmental services company
Freelance SAT/ACT Prep Content Developer, Writer, and Instructor - Pays $20-$25/hour.
Freelance Medical Writer - Chinese and English
herbal product company
Freelance Fashion Copywriter - pays $20/hour
June Best Sellers!
BEST SELLING EBOOKS
BookLocker's ebooks are sold on Amazon.com (for the Kindle), BarnesandNoble.com (for the Nook), Apple (for iPods, iPads, and iPhones), BookLocker.com (ePub, Mobi and PDF files), and Kobo (Canada's popular ebook retailer).
Links to the books below are here:
#1 - THE HELMSMAN: Director's Cut Edition by Bill Baldwin
#2 - GALACTIC CONVOY: Director's Cut Edition by Bill Baldwin
#3 - THE TROPHY by Bill Baldwin
#4 - THE MERCENARIES: Director's Cut Edition
#5 - The Turning Tide by Bill Baldwin
#6 - The Defenders by Bill Baldwin
#7 - The Siege by Bill Baldwin
#8 - The Defiance by Bill Baldwin
#9 - Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing (Fourth Edition) by Bill Henderson
#10 - Far Above Rubies by Cynthia Polansky
BEST SELLING PRINT BOOKS
BookLocker's print books are sold on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, booksamillion.com, BookLocker.com, and numerous other bookstores, both domestic and foreign. Any bookstore with an Ingram account (Ingram is the world's largest book distributor) can pick up Ingram's feed, so authors find your book listed in stores they've never heard of. Most brick and mortar bookstores use Ingram's database to find and order books so bookstore customers can ask their neighborhood bookstore to order the books as well.
#1 - Cancer-Free: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-toxic Healing (Fourth Edition) by Bill Henderson
#2 - SHE IS HIT BY WAVES...BUT WILL NOT SINK: Paris' Battle with Neuroblastoma by Lauren Strickland
#3 - THE EYE OF REVELATION: The Ancient Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation by Peter Kelder
#4 - THE POTTY BOOT CAMP: Basic Training For Toddlers by Dr. Suzanne Riffel
#5 - SQUARE THE CIRCLE: Art Therapy Workbook by Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC LMHC
#6 - HEART CENTERED LIVING: Messages Inspired by Christ Consciousness by Pamela Kribbe
#7 - NLD From the Inside Out: Talking to Parents, Teachers, and Teens about Growing Up with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities by Michael Brian Murphy
#8 - Mindful Manipulation by James Ranieri
#9 - Great Customer Connections: Simple Psychological Techniques that Guarantee Exceptional Service by Richard Gallagher
#10 (tie) - Mercury's Child - Behaviour Change System by Warwick Dyer
#10 (tie) - MODE ONE: Let The Women Know What You're REALLY Thinking by Alan Roger Currie
WRITERSWEEKLY'S BOOKS FOR WRITERS!
QUIT YOUR JOB OR DIE
A mind and heart opening journey that will change how you look at how you live your life.
HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY
Remember Your Past, Write It, and Publish It in as little as 12 weeks!
90 DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan
Day-to-day book promotion from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!
BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K - $100K Publishing Contracts
In these pages, you'll find real book proposals that landed contracts with these publishing houses: Simon & Schuster, MIRA Books, Music Sales Corporation, Berkeley Books, Osborne/McGraw-Hill and many more!
7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER
At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won't count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction...
PRESERVE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writing Oral Histories
Do your grandmother and grandfather -- mother and father -- aunts and uncles -- tell stories about the "good old days?" Preserve them!
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