Today, I’m going to talk about two separate issues; one serious and one for promotion and fun. We’ll start with the serious…
Harper-Collins announced last Thursday that they are forming a new publishing group that will eliminate or reduce advances, and offer the authors profit sharing in return. Here’s the article.
What I want to do is point you all to BookSquare.com where Allison outlined her thoughts in the comments and I thought she nailed it. So I’m not going to repeat it.
Instead, I asked my tax accountant son this: How would you feel about doing all the taxes you’ve done this season BUT you don’t get paid anything until all your clients get their refunds (yes I know not everyone gets refunds, but go along with me here).
Horrified, he said emphatically, “NO. Why would I work that hard, for free or until they felt like paying me?”
Exactly. So I told him about the no advance model being considered by a publisher. A model that would mean an author most likely would spend months or a year writing a book, and then wait a year after that until the book was published, and then, maybe, begin to see some income.
He thought that was a bad deal for authors.
Okay now for more the lighter part of the blog. I was hoping to pick your brains about an idea I had. Since I’m not actually working on a book this second, I was thinking about ways to start promoting my new series. BLOOD MAGIC comes out in March 2009 so it’s a good time to start. My idea was to either change my existing blog on my website, or set up a new one, to start introducing readers the world of witches and witch hunters.
I want to make it fun and somewhat interactive.
I had a couple ideas, like posting pictures of hot men that I think resemble what my witch hunters look like. I already used this picture INSERT PICTURE HERE on my blog.
Some other subjects I could talk about might be:
Curses—because my witch hunters are cursed
Just stuff that might be fun and interactive in some ways.
So do you all have any suggestions? –And– Feel free to comment with your opinion on Harper-Collins new publishing group that will pay little or no advances.