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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
Companies: tor


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    Farrell McGovern (profile), 14 Jul 2010 @ 7:29pm

    Re: "Hollywood Accounting"

    The $5,000 is the advance against future earnings if the actually sells well. Most authors first books don't make money for the publisher. There is no "hollywood accounting" here, SFWA has audited publishers to make sure that they are actually are paying the authors for sales. So if your first book does sell well, you may make more than just the advance...but don't hold your breath! SF&F, Horror and such writers usually break into the field selling short stories. Then they sell a book, and their career is off and running. If they are good, and the public likes what they are writing, an author may start making enough money to quit their day job within 5 books...but, that is getting harder and harder to do.

    ttyl
    Farrell

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