Mon, 17/09/2012 - 08:17
Psychologist Oliver James has gone to independent publisher Karnac for his next book, in a deal where he gets 50% of profits from his sales.
James, whose six published books have so far sold nearly 300,000 copies through the tills, will not publish Love Bombing: Resetting Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat (28th...
Fri, 16/09/2011 - 08:31
Waterstone’s proposed higher discount, flat rate terms for publishers, put forward in exchange for scrapping promotion fees, could hit author royalties, according to agents and the Society of Authors.
Contracts vary widely, but typically contain a high discount clause which kicks in at a particular discount level, after which...
Mon, 15/08/2011 - 10:07
The Society of Authors has advised members to seek its help before dealing with Beautiful Books, after the publisher was unable to pay money owned to an author since March.
Beautiful Books m.d. Simon Petherick said it will resume paying authors within the next four weeks and has been "transparent" in discussing the issue...
Tue, 03/08/2010 - 08:14
Odyssey Editions - the new digital publishing venture set up by agent Andrew Wylie - has little commercial value, Penguin chief executive John Makinson has said.
Referencing a piece published in the FT last week, which "speculated on the death of publishing in the context of a little local difficulty between Andrew Wylie",...
Tue, 27/07/2010 - 09:57
The Independent carries two competing analyses of Andrew Wylie's move to create a digital-only imprint, bypassing publishers in favour of better royalties for his authors.
Meanwhile, a US bookseller has come up with a novel way of objecting to the Wylie deal. Square Books in Oxford, MI is featuring a window display of books...
Tue, 27/07/2010 - 08:00
The US Authors Guild has urged publishers to respond to The Wylie Agency's move to start publishing e-books by offering higher e-royalty rates to authors. In a statement sent to authors and posted online the group said it applauded the launch of Wylie's digital-only publishing house Odyssey Editions, arguing "publishers have...
Mon, 26/07/2010 - 11:47
Publishers will be obliged to raise digital royalty rates for authors, the chief executive of Pearson has said.
Speaking at a press conference covering Pearson's interim results, Marjorie Scardino said the industry was still in "the foothills" of the transition to digital books, but added "we will see a rise in...
Tue, 13/07/2010 - 09:40
The issue of electronic e-rights has been brought to the fore once again, with the Guardian reporting Tom Holland as saying current deals are "not remotely fair".
Speaking at the Romantic Novelists' Association...
Mon, 12/07/2010 - 06:14
Four Italian writers have created an association in response to what they describe as the predatory practices of the Italian publishing industry.
According to the Herald...
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 08:16
Amazon.com is offering a 70% royalty option for e-books sold via any of the Kindle stores or apps as long as the price is set between $2.99 and $9.99 (£2-£6.69) and at least 20% cheaper than the print edition. It must also be sold "at or below" the price being sold through the retailer's competitors.