SHOW US THE MONEY

Copyrighted by Phil Date/Dreamstime Stock PhotosThis week I’m going to hit the topic square on the nose. Traditional publishers are still buying books, though no author I could access was boasting about the money they were making. So, encouraged by some industry information provided to members of Sisters in Crime, I thought I’d round up some information for you about how authors are being impacted these days.

  • The anti-trust lawsuit between Apple and the big five publishers against Amazon has all been settled. The losers are the authors. Since all distributors, including Amazon, will now allow publishers to set whatever eBook price they want, it isn’t uncommon to see higher prices for eBooks than for the print versions. E-book sales declined 12.3% over the first 10 months of 2015 compared to the previous year (American Association of Publishers analytics do not include indie and small press titles.) Physical book sales are rising but of course, authors are already hemmed in by all the costs associated with print books that leave them with a very small percentage of the net. Apple must now pay out $400 million in refunds to e-book customers which can only be used to buy new e-books. So, maybe that influx of incentives will actually boost e-book sales this year. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-07/how-apple-and-big-publishers-pushed-e-books-toward-failure)
  • “The Guardian” magazine reported in September of 2015 that US authors earned less than federal poverty level incomes. The statistics were provided by the Authors Guild and included surveys of authors begun in 2009. Median income for an American author in 2014 was $8,000, a decrease of 24% over 2009. Earnings for full time authors dropped 30% between 2009 and 2014, while median incomes of part-time writers fell 38% in the same period. Don’t be disheartened: British writers experienced a 29% decline in 2013 over incomes reported in 2005. (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/15/income-for-us-authors-falls-below-federal-poverty-line-survey?CMP=share_btn_fb)

 

I know I’ve said this many times. My clients hear it from me, too. If you are writing to publish your work, you need to be aware of the financial picture. That’s why I encourage everyone to sit down and be sure of their goals, work out a budget (that doesn’t bankrupt the household) and to budget for time, energy and skill set, too.

It may take a few extremely well written and edited books to get your income rolling, but if being a paid published author is the dream, then don’t let the statistics and industry shenanigans stop you. Be aware of what’s going on, keep your expectations aligned with the realities, but don’t give up on your dream. After all, a good many authors were told not to give up their day  jobs. Authors named Tom Clancy, and Jack Canfield, and Janet Evanovich, to name a few.

The only way to really lose, is to quit. So keep reading, keep writing, keep learning and keep submitting your best stuff!

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The first in an epic series of three sections of the Oregon Trail and the three love stories begin here.

Beth Ann Roberts made her father a deathbed promise to be a wife to her deceased sister’s husband, Daggart Bartlett. When Daggart sells the farm to join the Gold Rush, Beth must go with him, never expecting how much her life will change.

Nicholas Granville is forced by his brother to help a group as they travel the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon. Mourning his late wife, Nick’s heart began healing the moment he saw Beth.

Now, the couple must find a way to fight a love that is undeniable.

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COVER REVEAL: The Crimson Tree

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Disembodied voices.
Apparitions.
Waking nightmares.
Strange occurrences are happening with increased intensity and Carly cannot escape what is tormenting her. With little proof and little support, she is losing everything in her life: her fiancé, friendships, and her sanity.
Can Carly uncover what caused the supernatural derailing of her life? Can she ever get rid of her ghostly tormentor, or is she doomed to be haunted indefinitely? Determined to stop these frightening events, she has to do whatever she can to regain control of her life before things take a deadly turn.

Release date: September 1st

 

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ValerieValerie Puri – Author Bio

Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always finds her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, Valerie finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories.

Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. This experience and her current day job of project manager helps Valerie continue to hone her writing skills. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration.

Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.

 

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New YA Release: SEER by Eli Bloom

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Fifteen-year-old Grace “Gray” Fable can speak to the dead. When her dad moves from Los Angeles to be with his mysterious girlfriend, Gray must attend notorious Willowbrook High School, the scene of a mass shooting five years earlier. When she meets the ghosts of those who died that tragic day – including the school shooter himself – she must uncover a dark secret to lay the victims to rest, and find peace for their families before it’s too late to stop another tragedy. A YA Supernatural novel.

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Eli Bloom is a young adult author living in Los Angeles with his wife and three cats Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 20.54.05– one named Grace, of all things. He believes in ghosts.

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NEW YA RELEASE: SEER by Eli Bloom

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Fifteen-year-old Grace “Gray” Fable can speak to the dead. When her dad moves from Los Angeles to be with his mysterious girlfriend, Gray must attend notorious Willowbrook High School, the scene of a mass shooting five years earlier. When she meets the ghosts of those who died that tragic day – including the school shooter himself – she must uncover a dark secret to lay the victims to rest, and find peace for their families before it’s too late to stop another tragedy. A YA Supernatural novel.

Buy on Amazon

 

Eli Bloom is a young adult author living in Los Angeles with his wife and three cats Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 20.54.05– one named Grace, of all things. He believes in ghosts.

Follow the author’s Website / Goodreads / Amazon

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REPURPOSED: What is that about?

DancingWORDS COUNT is back!

No, I’ve not changed my mind about blogging weekly writing and editing tips – the newsletter is growing and that’s a manageable hunk of time, so at least for now, I’ll save craft content for other publications.

Being a child of parents who were raised between the two world wars,  I was taught to repair things, repaint things, and often, repurpose them. Few things outlived SOME useful purpose, though we did have some rather “unique” flower containers. I’ve decided to repurpose this blog!

I receive a lot more requests for book release coverage than I have timely space for in the newsletter. So, WORDS COUNT will be home to many of the new releases that come my way from the bloggers and PR folks. Feel free to share this information in all the ways that you can! When my schedule permits, I’ll do interviews or reviews, but mostly it will be cover releases and announcements.

The more we share the word about each others books, the more books will be sold. We aren’t competitors, we’re contributors! We ALL have readerships that are unique in some ways. And let’s face it – the more readers that get to visit a faraway land, or enjoy a time-tested romantic relationship, or even enjoy solving a mystery, the better. OUR JOB IS TO MAKE READERS HAPPY!

Starting this Friday, you’ll see Words Count regularly in your inbox again! I hope you’ll read the quick blasts and maybe even try out some new authors!

And if you aren’t getting the newsletter, BETWEEN THE MARGINS, please let me know or visit OnTargetWords.com and sign up there. My email is nancy@OnTargetWords.com if you’d like to drop me a line.

Happy reading – and writing!

 

 

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THE END

Time is Running OutSince the only numbers this blog has seen in quite some time are the single digit visits by my good friends and fellow writers, I’ve decided in the interest of time and quality of life, to discontinue posting here.

What is the sound of one hand clapping? Does a tree that falls in a forest with no one around to hear it fall make a sound? Does a blog read by so few make any difference?

My newsletter: BETWEEN THE MARGINS will continue – so as long as you are subscribed to that, you’ll continue to receive it on or around the 15th of every month. I’m delighted to say those numbers are going up! And, if you’d like to subscribe, you can do so by visiting: On-Target Words  and completing the newsletter request form.

Be well, keep reading and writing and enjoying life. And thanks for checking in here! Nancy Q.

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