Predatory #SelfPublishing Outfits and #LiteraryAgents

November 26, 2014 6 comments

Three different things caught my attention this past month.

First, I get a message from someone (who shall remain nameless and genderless) that Person has found a great literary agent, a go-getter. Totally worth the Rs. 20,000 ($324) the literary agent demanded as ‘assessment fee’. Anyway, Person is not worried because the agent has promised to get Person’s money back when (not if) they sign up with a publisher. The contract also states that once Person signs on, Person may not approach publishers directly. Person states – “The Literary Agent said she will recover the money from the publisher and we agreed that every transaction will be above board hereon. Of course she insists that the practice is a done-thing in the Publishing world.”

Two things here:

1. It is unethical for literary agents to demand money. Honest literary agents make money after they secure a deal for you. That’s what the lifetime cut in royalties the agent gets (from your book royalties) is for.

2. Secondly, this practice is NOT a done thing in the publishing world. The literary agent alludes to it herself when she says that every transaction will be above board hereon, implying that the current transaction is not.

I wish the publishing industry were as with-the-times as the scamming industry.

Secondly – The amazing David Gaughran steps up to the plate with yet another must-read article for anyone considering self-publishing. He warns Indies against blindly trusting self-publishing outfits just because they happen to be aligned with known traditional publishing houses. Do yourself a favour and READ this article.

Last, but not least, Joe Konrath tells you why you should NEVER pay anyone to help you self-publish. Click here to read the article.

Online Chat with Bestselling Authors on #Goodreads

November 12, 2014 Leave a comment

On Saturday, November 15th join ALLi award-winning authors and powerhouses of Indie publishing – J.F. (Joanna) Penn, Bette Lee Crosby, Orna Ross, Patricia Sands, Christine Nolfi, Jessica Bell, Linda Gillard, Rasana Atreya and Joni Rodgers for a discussion of the heroines we love, unlikely heroines, and stereotypes of women in fiction. We’re giving away paperbacks in a variety of genres: suspense novels sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, contemporary literature to warm your heart and literary gems from authors across the globe.

Don’t forget to join the party and feel free to invite your book loving friends!

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2054092-alli-goodreads-event

Theme of Chat: Strong Heroines, Unlikely Heroines, and Stereotypes of Women in Fiction

Trivia relating to one of my novels: I was going to call my novel Half A Girlfriend. Then Chetan Bhagat (India’s biggest selling author) announced he was going to call his novel Half Girlfriend (without the A). It didn’t help at all that both our protagonists were called Madhav. I wanted to go ahead with my original name anyway till wiser counsel prevailed, and my novel ended up as 28 Years A Bachelor. My other works are Tell A Thousand Lies (novel) and The Temple Is Not My Father (novella). These books are currently available on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.

If you’d like to join the Goodreads chat but are unsure of what to ask me, here are a few quotes to get you started.

#Book #Marketing: Guest Post by Holly Michael

September 29, 2014 4 comments

For me, marketing began before I finished my first book. Confident, I’d finish my book, I declared myself an author and started my blog, http://www.writingstraight.com/ to connect with other bloggers and hopefully potential readers. I also wanted to connect writers to readers as well as share about my life, my family, and my faith. Blogging about my visits to India also drew in readers who cared about India, which was good because half of my novel, Crooked Lines, takes place in India.

I also made it a point to visit other blogs and make friends. You can’t be like a person shouting through a megaphone from your doorstep. You have to get out and engage with others, visit other sites, and leave comments. Make real friends who care about you and your writing. You do that by caring about them. Same concept goes for Facebook and other social media. You have to kiss a few babies, or at least comment on that cute grandchild or precious newborn. Who can resist a cute baby, anyway? If someone shares troubles, I empathize with them and offer my prayers. Five hundred friends on Facebook that you don’t know aren’t as important as 50 friends you really know.

But, you can’t let social media suck up all of your time or you’ll never have time to write. I use my iPhone quite a bit when I’m stuck in the car (riding, not driving) or waiting at appointments. I scan blogs I follow, run through Facebook and twitter posts or check out who’s posting what on Pinterest. I connect when I can, but don’t usually spend time viewing every video about amazing dogs and cats.

Once my book was published—just this past July—I entered into an entirely new realm. How do you sell books without being like the annoying uncle selling AMWAY products? It’s a tough line to draw. Do you shout out about your book all day long on social media? I don’t think that’s effective. I personally asked friends to read and review my book and share their review on social media. I also offer to do blog interviews. (But this is give and take. You should also feature others on your blog and review their books, too.) Those who love you, especially if you’ve helped them out in the past, are usually happy to return the favor.

Marketing is tough, no doubt. I read a lot of articles and books seeking new marketing ideas, but the suggestions that make the most sense are: 1. Write a good book. 2. Write a second good book.

Other ideas: Offer books free for a review; besides friends, Goodreads is a great starting place to find reviewers. Do a Goodreads giveaway. Search out Facebook groups where you can promote your book, go to book festivals, check with your local library and local book clubs. Tweet a bit, post a great review on Facebook, but ultimately keep in mind your job is to identify your readers and figure out how you can reach them.

Bio: Holly Michael, published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books has released her debut novel, Crooked Lines. She and her husband, Anglican Bishop Leo Michael, regularly travel from their home in Kansas City to India. She has a grown daughter, Betsy and two sons who play football. One in the NFL and one in college football.  Visit Holly at http://www.hollymichael.com/ and check out her blog at http://www.writingstraight.com/

Book: Crooked Lines

#Publishing #Contract: what should it say?

August 1, 2014 Leave a comment

An important article by Suneetha Balakrishnan via booksy.in (The Book Industry In India). Click here for the link.

#Ebook #Formatting for £10 GBP

Ebook bargains UK is offering ebook formatting & conversion from MS Word doc – Mobi, Epub and Smashwords-Friendly Epub – for £10 GBP.

info.ebookbargainsuk@gmail.com.

They say — We just need the MS Word file and the largest cover image the author has available. We can email right back with a Paypal invoice and start work immediately

 

Amazon and Tax Withholding For India

July 23, 2014 4 comments

Since so many people ask me about this, I emailed an Amazon (India) official about it. Her response:

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires Amazon to collect 30% from royalty payments issued to non-U.S. entities. We automatically deduct the tax withholding from your royalty payments.

https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=201274690

Essentially,  IN residents can claim a reduced withholding rate (15%) through India’s tax treaty with the US for sales on the marketplaces listed on that page (US, JP, CA, IN, MX, AU) if they file the W8-BEN with a US TIN on it. That is stated in the first section on that page.

Free Downloads #theTempleIsNotMyFather #theMosquitoAndTheTeapot

July 14, 2014 2 comments

I have two books that I’d love reviews for. I’ve written the first one. My kids have written and illustrated the second. They are FREE on Amazon (US/UK/India etc) on July 14/15. The books have been beta-read, proofread, and edited,but errors do creep in. If you find any, please email at rasana@RasanaAtreya.com. Thank you.

Note:You do not need an ereader to read these books. You can download a kindle app for your PC, smartphone, iPad etc.

 

These will be available on Apple, B&N, Kobo etc mid-October.

The Mosquito and the Teapot

The Temple Is Not My Father

 

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