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Should I Send Paperbacks or Hardcovers to Book Reviewers?

Should I Send Paperbacks or Hardcovers to Book Reviewers?

My self-published book is in paperback and hardcover formats. I know the hardcovers are more expensive but I think they are more impressive, and might garner more attention from reviewers. I am looking at this from a business perspective - ROI. What has been your experience?…

You May Own the “Copyright”…But You DON’T Own the Book Rights!

You May Own the “Copyright”…But You DON’T Own the Book Rights!

Could you give me your opinion? Last summer, I sold a short story to a publisher who put it into an e-book anthology. The contract I signed said that I retained the copyright, but the publisher had exclusive rights to publish the story in hardback BOOK form, paperback BOOK form, electronic BOOK form, and audio BOOK form. I found somewhere that pays well for previously published stories, and sells them as e-stories. My husband said it would be the same as an e-book, and would violate my contract. I say that it is like an old 78 rpm single--just one song from a record album. What do you think?…

My Relative Died. Can I Have Their Book Republished Elsewhere?

My Relative Died. Can I Have Their Book Republished Elsewhere?

My son self-published several Christian books with (I think) Lulu and Amazon carries them. On June 24, my son died suddenly from a heart attack. My question is...is there some way I can get copies of his books made through your company, BookLocker.com??…

After Writing for Free, Nobody Wants to Pay Me! Am I Blacklisted?!

After Writing for Free, Nobody Wants to Pay Me! Am I Blacklisted?!

I am a contributing editor for a small Catholic newspaper but it's an unpaid position. I am hoping that one day to be paid for my writing. It's like I'm black-listed or something, know what I mean? I have tried women's magazines, religious magazines, etc., but no luck. Do you have any tips? …

Outdoors, Fishing, And Boating Paying Markets For Writers

Outdoors, Fishing, And Boating Paying Markets For Writers

I love the outdoors and writing about the outdoors. I did so for several years for The Milwaukee Journal, now the Journal Sentinel. How can I find paying markets for these types of topics on your website?…

A Newspaper Stole My Last Idea and Assigned It to Someone Else! What Can I Do?

A Newspaper Stole My Last Idea and Assigned It to Someone Else! What Can I Do?

Recently I submitted a 1,400-word interview to a local newspaper after confirming that the editor would like to see it. I did not hear back from them for six weeks, and sent a polite e-mail last week asking if he still wanted to use the story. I received no reply. Today, a story ran about the same person, written by someone else...…

Book Proposals – What Am I Doing Wrong?!

Book Proposals – What Am I Doing Wrong?!

I truly believe a literary agent is the best way to market your work, but someone said send queries directly to small publishers. Do such publishers consider works for publication and where do I find them?…

Is This Guy About to Scam Me?!

Is This Guy About to Scam Me?!

A guy wants me to write an article daily. He'll take full rights and he sells articles to other sites. And, he says he'll pay me in a week. I requested a retainer but he declined. He hasn't asked to see any of my work ...…

I Got Scammed!! I Submitted My Articles, and the Publisher Disappeared!

I Got Scammed!! I Submitted My Articles, and the Publisher Disappeared!

I was writing for a publication and they stole my articles and kept them. I have an invoice that I sent over and over again but no response. He was paying me and we had a verbal and written contract. What rights do I have and what should I do? Thanks for any help appreciated.…

HELP! I’m Failing at Social Media Book Promotion!

HELP! I’m Failing at Social Media Book Promotion!

Despite taking an e-course in "Social Media," I am only selling a handful of books. I have two Facebook groups and a web site/blog by the same name as my published book. I am tweeting. I am meeting contacts on LinkedIn. Yet, STILL I am not selling.…

Does My Non-fiction Book REALLY Need a Disclaimer?

Does My Non-fiction Book REALLY Need a Disclaimer?

My publisher inserted a disclaimer in my book. I got upset and asked that it be removed. They refused. I don't understand why I have to admit to readers that I'm not a licensed financial advisor ...…

Should I bid on writing jobs??

Should I bid on writing jobs??

I contacted an old client a few weeks ago as I'm officially back in the freelancing game. My contact there said they no longer work directly with freelance writers, but outsource all their content to (name removed). I checked out this website, feeling that my old client's recommendation might mean it was actually a legit place to find paid writing work. I was, instead, sadly disappointed to see ...…

I need help writing serials!

I need help writing serials!

I recall an article about writing serials but cannot find it anymore. Can you help? Thanks,…

Paying for Press Releases = Throwing Your Money Away?

Paying for Press Releases = Throwing Your Money Away?

There are lots of publishers (and other firms) that will gladly and greedily ask you to plunk down a lot of money to create and distribute a press release (that they know will likely cost you more than any resulting book sales) ...…

Book Signings? More of a (Flattering) Time-Waster Than a Money-Maker!

Book Signings? More of a (Flattering) Time-Waster Than a Money-Maker!

My friend (who is a marketing major) and I are trying to organize a book signing. We are considering various things to make more sales. However, to do that, she said Barnes and Noble told us that the book has to be sold in that store in order for them to host my signing ...…

I Think My Social Media Posts Might Be Hurting My Professional Reputation

I Think My Social Media Posts Might Be Hurting My Professional Reputation

As I move towards higher paying (read: corporate) markets, I am wondering what impact of my social media posts might be on editors at these markets. For example, could an editor take a look at my Twitter page and decide my tweets are too controversial for their magazine to feature my byline?…

Somebody Stole My Photos…And They Ended Up In A Book!

Someone gave an author my photographs, and claimed that they belonged to them. The author then used my photos in their book. Who do I contact regarding copyright infringement? The author, the publisher, or the person who stole my photos? I previously sent the publisher an invoice for unauthorized use of my work. They refused to pay me and told me to contact the person who stole my photos.…

Help! I Can’t Find The Copyright Owner Of This Piece But I Need To Use It!

I want to write a book and it would feature an old story from a 1956 periodical. I have been trying to get a copyright permission to include this short story. However, the publisher was bought out a couple times. The new company put me on hold while they searched their records further, and told me that the "rightful owners" are a completely different firm in New York. I cannot find them on the Internet to contact them to get the needed copyright permission so that I can proceed with my book.…

Publisher Won’t Show Me Their Contract! Arrrggghhh!!!

I am very interested in using a particular POD publisher for my book. But, I can't find a link to their contract anywhere on their site. When I ask them for a copy, they just send more advertising mumbo jumbo. What should I do?…

Weird Spaces Between Words in MSWord? We Have An Easy Fix!

Weird Spaces Between Words in MSWord? We Have An Easy Fix!

I'm using MSWord on a PC. Why are some of the spaces between words in my fully-justified manuscript uneven? There are normal spaces between most words, and weird, long spaces between others...on the same line of text! It doesn't make any sense. Can you help? …