Author Puts Novel Online For Free... And Gets A Book Deal

from the but-free-never-works dept

alex was the first of a few of you to send over the story of how author Marta Acosta posted her "young adult vampire novel" online for free at Scribd, where it became a top download with tons of great reviews... and that helped her get a book deal with Tor, who will be publishing the book in hardcover shortly. Once again, another example of how "obscurity" is a bigger problem than "piracy" for most content creators.

Filed Under: books, free, marta acosta
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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2010 @ 6:01pm

    "That said, you are not going to make millions selling your first book, but depending on the publisher, you may get as much as $5,000 (US) for your first novel, or as little as zilch."

    Is that not the definition of "Hollywood accounting"? Pay you a small lump sum now, then pretend the movie(or book) was a failure when it comes time for the additional royalties to be payed out...

    I'm not a writer, but I can honestly say that if I'd spent a year or so writing a manuscript and then got a whopping 5 grand when it got published, I would be pretty underwhelmed about even bothering to write another. How would anyone be expected to live on that kind of money? Even if you write three published books a year... you're making less than the 18 year old IT interns do where I work.

    Kinda makes me wonder why my favorite sci-fi and fantasy authors are in the business at all.

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