Recently Answered Questions:



Q –

Hi, Angela,

Just tried to sign onto jeansbet.com and found the “domain name has expired.” I’d infer that they had no reason to exist without bootleg books to give away. Of course, I wonder if they’ll simply reconstitute themselves later . . . .

Thanks for looking out for us authors.

K.G.


A –

It looks like you were right!

For two days this week, it appeared Jeansbet.com was out of business. On the first day, just a blank screen was coming up. The next day, it said the domain name had expired.

But, not surprisingly, it’s back online today under a different name, and in a different language. However, the URL is the same. Their new name and logo looked a bit suspicious so I Googled it. It appears they took another firm’s name and logo and put it on their new website. I contacted that company, which is located in the U.S., to alert them. This was their response:

Dear Ms. Hoy

Thank you very much for your email and raising this to our attention. We were not aware of this issue, or the organization behind it. This is not an approved use of our trademark or our services. I have escalated this to our executive and legal teams to address.

The person who registered the original domain is located in Turkey, which makes it virtually impossible to sue the firm.

If you think your books might still be on their site, you can use this online website translator to assist you in finding them. If you do find that they’re giving away free copies of your book, read THIS ARTICLE for advice on having them removed. We’re getting a lot of error messages clicking on the site so it looks like they’re still rebuilding it.

After we ran that article, word spread through social media and they were inundated with complaints. Some authors even contacted Jeansbet’s ISP in an attempt to get them shut down. If they’re still giving away free copies of copyrighted ebooks, hopefully we authors can work together to get the site permanently removed from the Internet.

If you do send them a DMCA takedown letter, we strongly advise you to NOT provide them with any personal information in your demand letter. Just give them your name, the titles of your books, and the links where your books appear on their website. You can see a sample DMCA Take Down Letter RIGHT HERE.

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Q –

Angela,

Euphoria had placed me on cloud nine when (a large vanity publisher) replied to my manuscript saying, “We feel
like your book is going to make our company more successful. Welcome to the (name removed) team. Your book has been accepted for publication.”

They assigned me an individual who sent me a full contract to sign. But, after thorough investigation, they would keep 80% of all sales, risk no money, and I had to pay over $6,000 up front just to get the ball rolling!

The book will sell, but I can’t cough up those figures and receive only 20%. Can you help me, please?

-B.


A –

Yes, (that vanity publisher) is one of the most expensive ones out there.

We updated the P.O.D Price Comparison chart just last week. See:
http://writersweekly.com/compare

BookLocker’s At Your Service Package is only $875 and WritersWeekly readers can use this discount code to get $150 off: WritersWeeklyReader

That is for black-and-white-interior book. Please contact me if you need a quote for a color-interior book.

Authors who want to bypass BookLocker’s formal submission process, can email their manuscript to me RIGHT HERE for review. Or, they can send some writing samples if they don’t have it all in one document yet or if the
file has lots of photos, and is very large.

Don’t worry about formatting at this point. We just need to see the text. I usually respond within two business
days to manuscripts. If your book is accepted, I’ll be the one working with you one-on-one throughout the entire publishing process so you don’t have to worry about being assigned to a “customer service” rep. I am the co-owner of the company and I am at your service.

Angela

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So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

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Completely revised edition of the ground-breaking travel writing book that provides a road map to success in the digital age. It dives headlong into the entrepreneurial world of blogging and digital books, while still acknowledging the real money to be made in declining print forms.

Drawing on interviews and survey responses from more than 100 successful travel writers and bloggers, this is the definitive guide to creating success instead of waiting for permission. Written by a veteran, award-winning writer with two decades of experience as a book author, online publisher, freelancer, and blogger.

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Last week, we were notified about a website, jeansbet.com, that appears to be giving away ebooks for free. I checked and, sure enough, not only did they have best sellers on there, but also self-published books by a variety of authors, including myself!

We sent an announcement to all of our authors so they could look for their books, too. We gave them two email addresses for the website, and instructed them to send out DMCA take-down notices. I was surprised when I received numerous emails in return, asking me what that is.

First, you should know that there are companies selling their services for handling this for you. I don’t recommend paying someone $199 to send out a letter on your behalf. In most cases, simply emailing the offending company does the trick.

Also, you should know that many overseas sites that appear to be giving away ebooks don’t actually have those ebooks on their servers. Rather, they’re actually giving people viruses to download, which can then invade the downloader’s computer, grabbing their financial and other personal information. Of course, if someone tries to download free ebooks, and gets a virus instead, I call that karma. I don’t know if jeansbet.com is doing that but I do know they were giving away one free ebook by an author who never published an ebook edition of her book. The ebook does not exist. Another author found a short story he’d written for an anthology on there. He said there was specific coding in his title that was only listed on goodreads…but also on jeansbet.com. Did jeansbet.com simply pull title information from goodreads? Who knows? What I do know if they better d*mn well remove my books, and those by other authors!

ISPs can remove websites they’re hosting if that site is giving away copyrighted works. However, getting a foreign ISP to take action can be difficult, if not impossible.

I have successfully had my own books removed from these types of sites by simply doing the following:

1. Finding all the contact emails for the firm that I can, along with any “contact” forms they have on their website. You may be able to find additional email addresses for the firms by finding out who registered their domain name. Use THIS SITE  to do that. You may also be able to find the name of their ISP doing that. If you do, get email addresses and any contact forms you can for their ISP as well.

Some of these sites have DMCA links on their websites, telling people how to get their material removed. Of course, that makes me believe they KNOW they have illegal works on their website, which makes them even more evil. Why should the victim be forced to go through hoops to make a company do business in an ethical manner?!

2. Compose a stern letter. You can see what you need to include HERE. Copy all of your correspondence to all email addresses and contact forms, including their ISP.

I don’t paste a graphic of my signature on my emails. The DMCA law states the letter must be signed but I’ve never had to do that.

With a DMCA takedown notice, you are not required to show that you have registered a copyright for your work.

I definitely do NOT recommend ignoring these types of websites. The easier authors make it for them to stay in business, the more likely additional infringers will pop up across the globe.

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90+ DAYS

 

Q –

I sold an article to (name of magazine removed). They paid me and they were supposed to publish it several months ago. As of today, they still haven’t published it.

Another magazine is interested in buying reprint rights and they want to publish it right away. I really need the money and I don’t want to lose this sale. What can I do?

– Liz


A –

This has always been a problem in the industry. Since you already sold first rights, you can’t allow another publication to publish the piece until the original editor has published it.

To prevent editors from holding an article hostage for months, or even years, I recommend writers include a deadline-for-publication clause in all of their contracts. Editors should not hesitate to agree, especially if they’ve already told you they intend to publish the article within a specific time-frame.

“In exchange for payment of $___ for first rights, publisher/editor agrees to publish the article within 90 days. If this does not occur, the ‘first rights’ clause of this contract will revert to ‘reprint rights,’ with no change to the writer’s fee.”

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Q –

“I just checked my books on Amazon and they have sliced the list prices on all of them. Some are so low that they won’t even pay for the printing costs. What’s going on over there?”

– Joseph


A –

We are hearing this from a lot of authors right now. There are three possible reasons:

1. Amazon may be trying to dump some inventory.

2. Amazon may be trying to severely undercut the competition, even at a loss.

3. Amazon may be experiencing database errors.

Regardless of the reason, this should not affect your royalties because Amazon must still pay the distributor or publisher the list price less the discount Amazon receives from those firms. In most cases for self-published books, authors are paid a firm percentage of the list price that is set up in the distributor’s system.

Some authors have “fixed” their Amazon pages by simply ordering copies at those ridiculously low prices. Sometimes, Amazon prevents the author (or any buyer) from ordering too many copies at the reduced price. Other times, they don’t. And, sometimes this sudden flurry of activity for the book may spur Amazon to fix the list price on their website. Perhaps that’s what makes them realized they’re losing money on every copy of the book sold at that price.

If you contact Amazon about this, you’ll likely receive a form email response from them that basically says they can do what they want with regards to product pricing.

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90+ DAYS

BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED

Q –

I have signed up for all of your recent quarterly short story contests but I can’t remember if I signed up for the next one. Can you check?

– Larry


A –

Since there are three months between each contest, I get this question a lot. If you can’t remember if you signed up, feel free to FIRE A MESSAGE my way and I’ll check for you. 🙂

Please note: You must be entered in the contest before the topic is posted at start-time in order to submit your story. You cannot write your story first, and then enter the contest. If the contest fills up (only 500 are permitted to participate each time) before start-time, we’ll have to cut off new registrations until the next contest.

The next 24-Hour Short Story Contest (Winter, 2018) is only 8 days away! Start-time is at 12:00 p.m. (noon) central time on Saturday, January 20, 2018. You can read how it works RIGHT HERE.

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Q –  (unedited, of course) –

Hi Angela! 

Sorry to bother you. I need something from you…could you please write a short blurb for my forthcoming book – (title removed). A paragraph of the blurb will be written by (a journalist), another paragraph has been written by (a geographer) and i would appreciate if you jot down a blurb for my book.


A –

I do not know you. I have never read your book. Why would I put my name on a promotional statement for a book I have never read? Furthermore, I do not review books, and never have. Please do the honorable and ethical thing by only requesting blurbs from people who have agreed to read your book, and then to write about it. Do not request free blurbs from people who do not know you and who have never read your book. And, don’t expect people to buy a copy if you’re seeking promotional blurbs. You should send these folks free copies in exchange for the time and effort they’ll need to expend to assist you with your marketing activities.

When I receive requests like this, I know that the blurbs about the book are fake. And, of course, I would never buy and read a book with fake blurbs. Sending out an email like this can greatly harm the reputations of you and your publisher, as well as those who have written fake blurbs about your book.
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and
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Q –

Good evening Angela,

I published a book back in 2010 and I am currently finishing up my second book. My previous publisher dropped me without notification of doing so. What can I do about getting my book back in print?

Thank you for your time and your help.

– J.


A –

You didn’t provide much detail but, regardless, any author who is upset with their publisher is eligible to move to BookLocker, and is qualified for our Disgruntled Author Special. This provides a $158 savings off our At Your Service Package, but with the exact same services.

The costs would be:

$250 setup (Disgruntled Author Special)
$18 First year annual file hosting fee
$250 ORIGINAL cover design (optional). No ugly templates!
$199 Basic epub/mobi (ebook) formatting/conversion/distribution (optional)

These are the same prices we charge our returning authors on their second and subsequent books so you can use this link to sign up:
https://secure.booklocker.com/booklocker/returning-authors/intro.php

You can see what’s included HERE.

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Q –

I’ve published four other books under a pen name with another publisher, (name removed), and they never charge an annual fee to keep my books current with the printer or their system. Why do some publishers charge an annual fee while others don’t, especially since they’re all using Ingram for distribution?


A –

The annual fee you are referring to is Ingram’s “Channel Distribution” fee, which must be paid if a publisher wants to keep a book in Ingram’s system. Different publishers call this fee a variety of different names.

BookLocker.com charges $18 per year, per title to keep a book active on our site, and in the printer’s and Ingram’s systems. Some firms charge upwards of $75 or more per year for the exact same fee, meaning they’re jacking up the price quite a bit! Some publishers get a price break on the fees from Ingram, based on the number of active titles they have in Ingram’s system.

But, what about those firms charging no fees at all? Well, to figure out how they get away with it, you need only look at their extremely high setup fees. You’ll likely discover that dozens of years of annual fees are built in, and that authors are required to pay those fees up front when they pay those ridiculous setup fees.

For a paperback/ebook combo, your other publisher charges $999.

With BookLocker’s discount code, the fee for the same service is only $695.

The difference: $304.

If you divide that by BookLocker’s $18/year annual fee, that’s 17 years of annual fees that they collect up front. It looks like their building several years of those fees into their up-front costs to authors, which is not unusual now in the industry. They also know that it’s unlikely your book will remain on the market, or that you will remain their author, for 17 years.

And, since so many publishers are going out of business these days, authors who are forced to pre-pay these fees through higher setup fees might end up losing everything they paid anyway.

At BookLocker.com, we never force authors to pre-pay something for years when the author would prefer to pay it annually, as long as they’re interested in keeping their book on the market. And, of course, any incoming royalties offset those fees so authors who have sold books don’t receive annual invoices. They can login and check their author account 24 hours/day and they can also request we terminate their book at any time, thus saving them the cost of future hosting fees if their book is no longer selling or if they’ve retired from writing and book promotion.

Always read the fine print (and ALWAYS compare prices!) before you choose a publisher.

Also, please read How BookLocker Has Remained Profitable for 17 Years…when so many others have failed.

 

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QI’m having a book digitized to be ready to print in the next month and a half. It will be 10″ x 12″ with many colour pictures, about 200 pages and a cover design. I want to do print-on-demand. Can I do this through BookLocker.com?

– C.


A – At BookLocker.com, we use the largest Print on Demand printer in the world and they do not offer that size. It’s a good idea to check out publishers and printers before deciding on a size for your book.

And, I implore you to also decide on a publisher before you pay someone to design your book. You must have the printer’s specs before you begin the design process. Many authors make this mistake, and end up needing to pay the designers all over again to fix their files later. Unfortunately, some designers don’t warn authors about this…knowing they can bill the author double later.

Please see:
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