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AGENTS AND EDITORS

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What are their roles when you are ready to publish?

Literary Agent

This person is hired by you to help present and hopefully sell your novel to a Publisher in return for a percentage of your earnings from that book.

Acquisition Editor

Editors represent a Publisher’s interest in any deal, not the writer’s. Their job is to get the best deal with the least amount of risk for the Publisher by paying you the smallest amount possible. They are not on your side, if you don’t sell anything they don’t make any money and you lose the opportunity to write for them. Continue reading

What I learned about contracts, plagiarism, and gaming the system this week

Every once in a while, I look back and realize how far authors have come in relation to sharing our works with the world. Not just progress, but meaningful changes in the publishing industry. That’s the moment I am having this morning as I sip coffee – my second cup at 10 am.

If you’ve been reading my post, you might have noticed my focus on goals and developing a business plan that is sustainable and measurable. That’s no coincidence since I’ve made writing full time a goal for 2020.

Despite positive changes like indie publishing, control over price, whether to ditch the agent, or flexibility when negotiating contracts etc. that make reaching readers easier, I find myself bitching about obstacles writers continue to face.

Then there are intentional pits that set hard working authors back – rights grab from publishers – Publishing contract red flag: when a publisher claims copyright on edits, posted by Victoria Strauss on Writers Beware and the latest scandal of plagiarism- Cristiane Serruya is a copyright infringer, a plagiarist, and an idiot by Courtney Milan. Continue reading

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