Author and publisher relationships - Tools of Change for Publishing
I've always thought the relationship between writer and publisher is akin to that between parents and schoolchildren. The writer is the parent of one Golden. This post is in response to Michael Levin's Huffington Post article, “Why Book Publishers Hate Authors,” in which he asserts an antagonistic and. Louisa May Alcott was one of the most popular authors of the nineteenth century. However, Alcott's literary career would not have been so successful without the.
The manuscript for my memoir Traplineseventually published by Pantheon, came back from her office by return mail. But my troubles with my agent were never her fault. They were inherent to the relationship between agents and writers, which is a predator-prey kind of deal.
Agents are not hoping to find, in you the writer, a diamond in the rough, a talent to be nurtured, a friend to be encouraged. Many writers assume that with the big houses, a few bestsellers subsidize midlist writers.
Now the CFOs of publishing houses demand that every book be a money-maker.
In practice, this means editors are told to look for the next bestseller, and they, not being psychic, think that it looks like the last bestseller. Look carefully at the structures, characters, and language of bestsellers if you want to be taken seriously by agents or editors.
But there is hope, however perverse: And self-publishing is easier and cheaper than ever.
The Writer/Publisher Financial Relationship | Inside Publishing
The trouble is, you have to be your own marketing department and quality control. The Huffington Post has featured several articles written by authors who are taking their work directly to Kindle.
My latest book is MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book. What this means, for instance, is that you can be the best writer of westerns outside the US or an author who has been published by that publisher for decades, but if there is no longer a market for your writing then your publisher will not want to publish or carry on publishing your work.
Publishers are not charities and most are now run on pretty commercial lines. Similarly, publishers are operating within the retail environment, so if bookselling is under pressure or the supermarkets and book chains are successfully negotiating ever higher discounts, then publishers will struggle to maintain their margins and will want to pass some of the pain on to authors in the shape of lower royalties.
The rapid growth of online bookselling, in particular Amazon, has changed things radically for publishers, and you can be sure that they are giving a very high discount to these retailers. Having said all that, it is very important to understand clearly the way in which writers are remunerated by publishers and what it means for you. This is quite complicated, which is why writers, who are not a very hard-nosed lot when it comes to hawking their own work, prefer to have an agent.
The Inside Publishing article on Advances and Royalties will give you the framework for how these work. The rise of ebooks is putting a new strain on the relationship between publishers and authors, as publishers try to work out a way of making money out of ebooks without undercutting their other editions.
What is the relationship between author and publisher? | Editing and Publishing FAQs
For their part, authors mostly think they should have a much higher royalty on ebooks, as the cost of delivery is so low compared to the printing and distribution costs for print editions.
This view does ignore the big investment publishers have made in digital technology, and it also ignores all the other costs of producing a book, but it is easy to see why writers feel that way. If you are in a strong position and your book is thought to be in demand, then your agent might auction it to the highest bidder, although other factors such as marketing spend or promotional plans might also come into the equation. Agents are naturally keen to get as high as possible an advance for their authors, as this impacts on their own earnings from the contract.