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E-book Revolution Podcast Ep11 - Contracts & Agents For Traditional & Self-Published Authors

May 22nd, 2013 · Comments

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When you are trading in ideas, creativity and intellectual property, the legal waters can get murky, as many writers have had the misfortune to find out. Whether you are traditionally published, accepting the terms and conditions of self-publishing platforms like Amazon, Kobo or iBooks, or a self-published author about to sign your first traditional publishing deal, you need to have some understanding of what a fair contract looks like and what rights you should (or shouldn’t) be giving away. For writers who are looking to build online communities or use digital platforms to enhance their stories, basic knowledge of how to cover your arse from a sue-happy world is vital.

In this podcast we’re going to delve into the world of contracts and agenting, but I promise you, we avoid jargon, incomprehensive phrases and snore worthy discussions like the plague. I’m a simple girl, I prefer to learn from experts I can understand and actually stay awake with, and I’m sure you’d prefer that too! In this lively conversation with Alex Adsett about the business of writing - which writers tend to avoid only to have it come back to bite them in the arse when they realise their money is ‘missing’ – we talk about the things traditional, self-published and hybrid authors need to know about contracts, legalities and rights.

alexadsett-image-225x300.jpgAlex Adsett is a consultant offering publishing contract advice to authors, publishers and booksellers, and has more recently expanded into the more traditional role of literary agent.  She has fifteen years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry, as well as a solid background in legal research and contract drafting. She worked for three years in the Rights and Contracts Department of Penguin Books in Melbourne, before moving to the Contracts Department of John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. Alex has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. She relies on her experience and passion for book publishing to offer sensible publishing business and contract advice. Separate from her freelance consultancy work, Alex has also taken on the role of literary agent.

In this podcast we discuss:

· The benefits of having a publishing consultant

· What self-published authors, moving into traditional publishing, should look out for in a contract

· The importance of escape (reversion) clauses

· Why you should make your publisher aware if you have previously self-published the book they are buying

· Three things any author should keep in mind when signing a contract

· What rights you should give a publisher

· Why advances are not the be-all-and-end-all

· Whether or not you should give a publisher world ebook rights or split the rights by country

· Why authors should look at rising royalty rates for ebooks

· What the dangers of an ebook retailer contract are (eg. Amazon, Kobo, iBooks)

· Why you should hold onto your film rights

· Why exclusivity is not in the best interests of the author

· How authors creating online communities and interactive projects can cover their arse

· Why authors should be careful about using photos and videos on their blog

· Whether agents are still relevant for today’s authors

· Why you don’t need an agent to negotiate a fair contract

· And the most successful way to approach an agent.

Enjoy!

I love hearing from my listeners! Please feel free to contact me or offer any feedback on topics you would like to see covered at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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Tags: writing · Education · publishing · Emily Craven · self-publishing · Business of writing

E-book Revolution Podcast Ep9 - Digital First ‘Traditional’ Publishing With Jeffe Kennedy

May 8th, 2013 · Comments

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Most aspiring authors today are quick to note that the traditional publishing gates are closed to them and that digital is the way of the future. For many authors it has boiled down to self-publishing being the only potential path they are aware of to get their work published. And though the old prejudices against self-publishing are slowly fading (not without a whole lot of bar fighting and knifing of authors with one star reviews) the stigma is still there - digital books/authors = self-published = lesser quality.

Yet, with e-books taking a greater share of the reading markets each year it was only inevitable that traditional publishers would start using digital strategies to solve one of their biggest problems – how they could publish authors they really loved, but had to pass up because they didn’t believe there was a strong enough local market for an author’s odd mix of genre. Enter digital first publishing imprints, all the benefits of a traditional publishing deal (yep, editing provided and no formatting, designing or technical know-how required) with less risk to the publisher and more royalties for the author. In this podcast I talk to digital first author Jeffe Kennedy, a ‘traditionally’ published author with Carina Press (imprint of Harlequin), who has only had her work published digitally. During the podcast we explore this alternate path for authors, who just want to write and be published without dealing with the self-publishing/vanity press rollercoaster.

Jeffe-Headshot-Small.jpgJeffe Kennedy is an award winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Starting originally as a highly successful essayist, Jeffe found her career drawn towards fantasy and romance. Finding her feet at digital first imprint, Carina, her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, has won several readers awards. Sapphire, the first book in Facets of Passion has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog. She is represented by Pam can Hylckama Vliea of Foreword Literary.

In this podcast we discuss:

· ‘Traditional’ deals in digital (Digital first publishers)

· How the romance community are at the forefront of the digital revolution

· Alternate paths to traditional and self-publishing (No, we’re not talking vanity press!)

· The benefits of submitting to digital first publishers rather than self-publishing

· How Jeffe ended up at a digital first press

· Benefits of online friendships with other authors

· How Jeffe signed with an agent after being published with a digital first press

· How the Harlequin ‘propaganda machine’ works

· Marketing  a digitally published book

· What genres lend themselves better to digital first releases

· Appeals of digital erotica to readers

· Whether or not her readers follow her work from romance to ‘sexy’ novels

· How digital first publishers are more likely to give ‘different’ books a chance

· Fairer royalties for authors

· And the more diverse marketing opportunities for erotica writers.

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I love hearing from my listeners! Please feel free to contact me or offer any feedback on topics you would like to see covered at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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