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by Doug Pardee
November 29th, 2011, 1:03 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The end of the "celebrity author"?
Replies: 25
Views: 7057

Re: The end of the "celebrity author"?

Plus ça change ... Changes or not, there's little chance of your becoming a world-famous author at 19. Or 20. Read the part about Dean Koontz: "an obscure midlist writer ... for twenty years before breaking through..." — and that was under the previous system. Or this part: "for four or five books ...
by Doug Pardee
November 23rd, 2011, 4:22 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Boilerplates
Replies: 8
Views: 2381

Re: Boilerplates

My slightly-knowledgeable opinion: In a work-for-hire situation, you don't hold any rights at all to the photos. It sounds like the publisher's trying to split the difference, giving you some rights after ten years in return for not paying you very much. Also, I would note that depending on the laws...
by Doug Pardee
November 19th, 2011, 9:13 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Self-pubbed author trampled by Amazon
Replies: 27
Views: 7342

Re: Self-pubbed author trampled by Amazon

I wonder why an e-book writer has to produce more books than a print writer, seeing as how the royalty is higher for the e-book (especially if self-pubbed). I realize that to build an audience takes multiple books. I just don't see how an author would need 20-40 books out there (a single decade's p...
by Doug Pardee
November 9th, 2011, 11:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pen name(s) when building two very different brands
Replies: 4
Views: 826

Re: Pen name(s) when building two very different brands

Speaking as a reader: yes, go with a pen name. No need to hide it — "Nora Roberts writing as J D Robb" on the cover doesn't raise any eyebrows.

The author's name is oftentimes the brand, and it sure sounds like that's the case here.
by Doug Pardee
November 6th, 2011, 9:39 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Self-pubbed author trampled by Amazon
Replies: 27
Views: 7342

Re: Self-pubbed author trampled by Amazon

Here's the problem: THERE ARE NO ACTUAL LOSSES HERE. If you're talking financial losses, maybe so. From my viewpoint, the big concern is the near-total loss of control that the author experienced. Had Amazon put into its T&C's something like, "If a title is selling fewer than ten copies per week, A...
by Doug Pardee
November 1st, 2011, 7:02 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Self-pubbed author trampled by Amazon
Replies: 27
Views: 7342

Self-pubbed author trampled by Amazon

This story is about a month old, but eBookNewser just picked it up . Author James Crawford had his self-published e-book Blood-Soaked & Contagious for sale at $4.99 through Amazon. On September 30, his sales suddenly went through the roof. What happened? Amazon had erroneously set the sales price to...
by Doug Pardee
October 27th, 2011, 5:18 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Blog sites "2.0"-style vs. Old School Hosts?
Replies: 10
Views: 5291

Re: Blog sites "2.0"-style vs. Old School Hosts?

Hrumph. I don't know what you're looking for, so I'll stick with some general comments. Collectonian is on the button about the "old school" sites you mentioned being web-site hosts, not blogging sites. Well, maybe they've added blogging capabilities, I dunno. I never go there. To me, the question i...
by Doug Pardee
October 17th, 2011, 6:13 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Concerns about the darkness in recent YA
Replies: 26
Views: 9019

Re: Concerns about the darkness in recent YA

Engaging in a bit of thread necromancy here... but I thought y'all might enjoy this posting by The Rejectionist.
by Doug Pardee
October 6th, 2011, 9:24 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Classics vs. YA/Current Fiction in the HS English Classroom
Replies: 11
Views: 2743

Re: Classics vs. YA/Current Fiction in the HS English Classroom

I'm far, far removed from high-school years. But I still remember how unpleasant the assigned classics were to read, and every time I look at a classic I get a strong "negative vibe". If you make the students hate the classics as I learned to hate them, how is that a Good Thing? I'm no educator. But...
by Doug Pardee
October 4th, 2011, 12:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Publishers Weekly on the future of YA
Replies: 6
Views: 2531

Publishers Weekly on the future of YA

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/48916-ya-comes-of-age.html Highlights (all wording is from the article linked above): Teen titles dominate publishers’ fall lists, and those books overwhelmingly feature menacing creatures, forbidden romances, and ...
by Doug Pardee
September 30th, 2011, 12:28 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: How long will that hardcover last?
Replies: 3
Views: 2406

How long will that hardcover last?

It's probably safe to say that most people expect hardcover books to last for decades. But cost-cutting at some publishers is reducing the life of the paper in many hardcovers to just a few years. Publishers can save about 10 cents per book (wow!) by printing on de-acidified groundwood paper rather ...
by Doug Pardee
September 27th, 2011, 2:33 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: POD for Readers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1268

Re: POD for Readers?

Is it more cost effective for the bookstore to print the books on site (and maintain the machine) as opposed to ordering individual titles and having them shipped to the customer? If they don't have a book in stock and say, "We can order it for you," the usual customer response — stated or unstated...
by Doug Pardee
September 26th, 2011, 1:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Voice Problems
Replies: 13
Views: 1752

Re: Voice Problems

On the encouragement side: "voice" is often one of the last things a writer develops. It generally comes from lots and lots of practice. Be patient, keep writing, and you'll get there. On the straight-talk side: you're young, and therefore you write with a young voice. At this point in your life, yo...
by Doug Pardee
September 26th, 2011, 12:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: "Films fail if they stick to the spirit of the book" ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

Re: "Films fail if they stick to the spirit of the book" ??

That sort of statement is necessarily a generalization. But as a generalization, I agree with it. On a quantitative basis, a screenplay is usually 120 pages or fewer, while novels run maybe three times that many. A lot of material is going to need to be cut. Could you cut two-thirds of your material...
by Doug Pardee
September 8th, 2011, 7:35 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Will US publishing move off-shore?
Replies: 1
Views: 1806

Will US publishing move off-shore?

On August 15th, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals (NY, VT, CT) ruled that books that are printed outside of the US are not covered by the First Sale doctrine — 17 USC 109(a). Those books cannot be resold, lent, or otherwise transferred without the authorization of the rights-holder. The case in...