Writers are wonderful people, but we’re way too trusting.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a long blog post covering a new (to me, anyway) epublishing scam.
Read the entire post, and be warned…The Business Rusch: A Warning To All Writers Who Need Help Indie Publishing Â« Kristine Kathryn Rusch:
“Hereâ€™s the truth, people. Scam artists proliferate in the places where the most vulnerable populations live. Right now, writers are vulnerable. Writers donâ€™t want to learn how to run their business. They donâ€™t want to pay any money up front if they canâ€™t handle e-pubbing or POD on their own. They donâ€™t want to pay flat fees â€“ even if they can afford the fees. They want to give it to someone else and not bother their pretty little heads about it.
Well, those pretty little heads are getting royally screwed.”
Read your contracts, PLEASE
In the article, Kathryn says: “This writer has multiple New York Times bestsellers published at more than three per year for at least twenty years. She has sold 35 million copies of her books”.
Really? It makes me wonder what else she agreed to, if she’s so trusting. I’ve signed book contracts, and NEVER ONCE have I signed any contract without striking out some egregious clause the publisher tried to sneak in. One clause copyrighted the book in the publisher’s name. Amusing — not.
Electronic publishing is new. Companies behave the way they’ve always behaved — they’ll get an advantage any way they can. That’s nothing new. It’s the way business works.
Big, big tip: when you’re e-publishing, figure out how to do it yourself. Once you know how it works, you can hire someone else to do it. But as Kathryn says — pay flat fees. Why on earth would you want to offer any company a percentage? WHY?