We were contacted this week by an individual who stated they knew one of our BookLocker.com authors had recently passed. He then demanded to know “who was profiting” from the sale of the book now.
Turns out that firm wanted us to hand over the author’s family’s contact information because they wanted to republish the author’s books at their company (for a fee, of course). And, here’s the kicker. He offered to “share the profits” with us! What a shmuck!
Second, how dare that person demand to know who’s profiting from the books written by a deceased author…someone who did not even know that individual? Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this has happened.
The only thing I can figure is this company is scouring online obituaries for the word “author,” and then contacting
the family about “keeping the legacy alive,” thus using the family’s grief to prey on them for money.
The fact is, any ethical publisher is going to keep the books in print for a period of time, especially if the books
are selling. Some bottom feeders may make the families of authors think the book will be quickly ripped off the market because the author died. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Just like some bottom feeders scour Amazon for “new” books by self-published authors, and then try to convince them to pay that firm even MORE money to re-release their book through that company, this type of scum in the industry should be avoided at all costs. They really have hit a new low.
Incidentally, we knew this author had recently passed, looked up his beneficiary in his contract, contacted that
person, and immediately transferred his author account and rights (and future royalties) to that person. No court
orders needed. That’s why we have a beneficiary clause in our contract. And, of course, if any bottom feeder scammer
contacts us about that person’s family, we’ll protect that family from them as best we can.
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About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
WritersWeekly.com - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday.
BookLocker.com - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."
Abuzz Press offers FAST and FREE book publication, but only accepts a small percentage of submissions, and only works with U.S. authors.
PubPreppers.com - "We Prep, You Publish!" Print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish. Offers formatting and design services only, and then provides simple instructions for authors on where to sign up to have the print and ebook editions printed/listed/sold. Cut out the middle man. Keep 100% of what bookstores pay for your book!
Angela's POD Secrets Revealed Series can be found HERE.
Have a POD Book with another publisher? See if BookLocker can give you a better deal. (BookLocker offers "disgruntled author discounts" to those who want to move from other POD services.)
See BookLocker's publishing packages HERE.
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