Authors, Keep Your Copyrights. You Earned Them.
Authors should not assign their copyrights to publishers. As our Model Contract emphasizes:
"CAUTION: Do not allow the publisher to take your copyright or to publish the copyright notice in any name other than yours. Except in very unusual circumstances, this practice is not standard in the industry and harms your economic interests. No reputable publisher should demand that you allow it to do so."
How NOT to Try to Sell a Book: RIP Authonomy
Somebody told me on Facebook today that Harper Collins is shutting down its online slushpile, Authonomy, on 30th September 2015....
...The idea was that the five books which had accumulated the most votes as at the end of a month would be awarded a gold star, and would receive a 'professional' review from the HC editors, with a possible view to getting an HC contract. You can see why we all signed up with stars in our eyes.
—Greta van der Rol
Tourists offered chance to run a bookshop on holiday
For £150 a week, AirBnB users are invited to live in – and run – The Open Book store in Wigtown, Scotland.
...guests at The Open Book . . . will be expected to sell books for 40 hours a week while living in the flat above the shop....It's not about cheap labour – it's about offering people an experience … It's one of those great fantasies."
— The Guardian
Structure vs. Urgency: The Blunt Instrument on Finding Work/Life Balance as a Writer
Find the thing you want to write so much you don't even have to schedule time for it. I have another friend, a novelist, who said he solved the problem of "writer's block" by abandoning the high-minded projects he felt he should be working on and started writing the novel he desperately wanted to write. Suddenly he couldn't wait to get home from his job to work on his novel. ...
— Electric Lit/The Blunt Instrument
Want to Give Away Your Books? Your Town May Not Approve
All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.
Social Media Snake Oil Comes In All Shapes And Sizes
Authors want to sell books. But most indie authors know very little about how to promote their books. And when it comes to social media, authors everywhere are throwing up their hands. Is it a waste of time? Do I need to be on Twitter? How often should I post on Facebook? — Chris Syme at Writer Beware
Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century
Le Guin tells NPR's Scott Simon that sound is often forgotten in a piece of writing. "Writing is a kind of way of speaking, and I hear it," she says. "And I think a lot of readers hear it too. Even if they hear it in silence. And so the sounds of the language, and the rhythm and the cadence of the sentences are very powerful." — NPR interview on Weekend Edition