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Publishing #contracts and #royalties in the Big Bad World

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Jane Friedman has great advice on Writers Unboxed for authors in this brave new world of electronic publishing. Click here for the post.

UPDATE: Bad Contracts from Big Publishers

March 11, 2013 4 comments

An update to the post below. There is more bad news from newbie authors from the publishing front. Click here for details.

Bad Contracts from Big Publishers

March 7, 2013 2 comments

I came across this blog post from John Scalzi about terrible contracts being offered to authors, even by mainstream publishers. Worth a look. Click here for the link.

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Why I Chose to Decline Contract from a Mainstream Publisher

February 7, 2012 6 comments

Before I declined the offer (more on this later), I talked to a few authors published by different mainstream publishers. They wrote good books which disappeared without a trace because they were not promoted like the big name authors. I decided to see what I could do on my own, so I’m self-publishing.

I know the word ‘self-publishing’ seems to imply that your work is sub-par.

But my unpublished manuscript was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia prize for unpublished manuscripts.

And I’m paying for a professional edit of my book, I’ve commissioned a book cover, I’m paying a book formatter – in short, doing everything a mainstream publisher would do.

In addition I’ll be doing the promoting, which they might not do for a mid-list author like me. And I’m not closing the door on mainstream publishing – in fact my ‘almost-publisher’ and I parted on very good terms, with them being open to considering my next book.

I’ve embarked on a journey that is exhilarating, scary, probably unprecedented. Lets see where this takes me.

Click here for my guest post.





Before You Sign That (Book Publishing) Contract

November 3, 2011 10 comments

It is really hard for first time authors to get a foot in the publishing door, which can make them really desperate to be published. I should know. I almost got conned into signing away all my rights. Luckily, I backed off at the last moment.

When you’re ready to sign a contract (and this is especially true if you’re dealing directly with the publisher), don’t sign away all rights. For example, if you wish to give only print rights to the publisher, specify just that. Never sign away all rights. After all, five years ago who’d have thought to keep electronic rights for ebooks?

Royalties is another area writers need to watch out for. Click here for a great article by Patricia  in

BTW, if you like this site, please consider clicking on the ‘Like’ button on your right. I need at least 25 likes before I can get a vanity author page (i.e. instead of It’ll help when I finally get my book out. Thanks!