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Lynn Chu: Agent Unplugged (on e-rights and more)

December 21, 2009

Literary agent Lynn Chu's analysis of what authors should know about their e-rights in book publishing's electronic age is as helpful as any I've read. It starts on p. 6 of the public section of the January 2010 issue of ASJA Monthly (the confidential section (more…)

Gift Books for Writers or People Who Want to Be Writers

December 18, 2009

The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing, ed. Tim Harper for ASJA (a guide to the business, for nonfiction writers)
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (inspirational, to get and keep you going) (more…)

Gift Books for Editors and Proofreaders

December 18, 2009

Looking for a gift for the editor (or would-be editor) in your family? Here's a basic booklist:
AP Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law (an essential style guide for magazine and newspaper writing and editing, but absolutely not okay for editing books) (more…)

Men with Pens run by woman named James Chartrand

December 16, 2009

Does Gender Matter on the Web? James Chartrand Thinks So, writes Jessica Bennett in Newsweek (12-15-09). The Canadian woman who started the Men with Pens blog did so because she knew people took men more seriously. Her pay rate doubled, and (more…)

Publishers and authors battle over digital (e-book) rights

December 13, 2009

Tags: rights

Motoko Rich's NY Times story, Legal Battles Over E-Book Rights to Older Books (12-13-09), is about who owns rights to backlist titles covered by contracts written before digital rights emerged. The underlying issue: Publishers are not offering high enough royalties on e-books, which are cheaper to produce (more…)

Prompt payment for freelancers (contractors, suppliers) with discount

December 10, 2009

"Time Inc. has opened up a fantastic new market: charging its freelancers for the privilege of being paid for their work in a timely fashion." Gawker reports that Time Inc. will pay you promptly, if you pay them for the service. NBC Universal has a different, even worse version (more…)

Who gets credit on ghosted celebrity memoirs, and why?

December 8, 2009

Tags: collaboration

Some celebrities have no problem sharing authors' credits on a celebrity memoir, and some want solo billing. "It's not that celebrities are necessarily vain," says Elisa Petrini, an agent at Inkwell Management, and a collaborator on several such memoirs. "It's just that they see these books as an extension of their brand. Having another name on the cover is like (more…)

SquareTrade ranks laptops for reliability

December 8, 2009

Tags: equipment

"SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. SquareTrade also found that netbooks are 20% more unreliable than other laptops, and that Asus and Toshiba are the most reliable laptop brands." Go to SquareTrade site to download PDF file with full report.