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.

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    Farrell McGovern (profile), 14 Jul 2010 @ 3:37am

    "Accounting" in the book world

    Actually, there won't be any type of "Hollywood" accounting. Luckily, the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), which also represents other related genres, like Fantasy, is a strong writers union, and the fact that many editors in the field are also writers,and usually a member of SFWA. 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. That is, assuming your work is published as a paperback. You do better if the publisher decides to go with a hardcover edition, as usually they put out a paperback edition a year later, or more if the hardcover sales are strong.

    Of all of the media fields, the SF&F publishing field is probably the most honest and transparent.

    Farrell McGovern,
    Chair, The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature, Aug 20-22, Ottawa, Ontario,

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