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SFWA displeased with Random House's ebook only imprints

http://io9.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sfwas-clash-with-ran-452623570

 

Random House has introduced several new imprints, with the goal of only working with ebooks.  However the SFWA has some issues with the way in which these imprints, specifically the ones dealing with mystery and sci-fi, are setting up to deal with authors.  Rather than the typical payment up front, these imprints are going after a profit sharing system where neither party sees profit unless the book sells.  However the author is asked to front at least some of the costs for various things that the publisher usally pays for. 

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Re: SFWA displeased with Random House's ebook only imprints

RHI already has a post up about changes to the contracts in response to comments, etc.  Discussion is still ongoing (obviously)

http://www.atrandom.com/eoriginals/index.php

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Re: SFWA displeased with Random House's ebook only imprints

This is very much like recording contrats unknown musical acts receive. Quite often a subsidiary is given a promotion contract with grossly inflated fees. Established acts never sign such deals. The goal of such deals is to shift cost and risk to new authors which big hits now subsidize, making best sellers even more profitable. Of course this is true of most firms, hit products subsidize investment in new products. I would think publishers would be better served by controlling those costs. This just makes self publishing more attractive.
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Re: SFWA displeased with Random House's ebook only imprints

Very well said PatGolfNeb.

 

Wonder how long before the Simon Cowell+American Idol type of circus develops in books.

 

At any point of transition there's lots of opportunity for people to improve their position. Unfortunately it seems that either Publishers or Retailers are going to be the ones to benefit from the current apocalypse in books.

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Re: SFWA displeased with Random House's ebook only imprints


5ivedom wrote:

Very well said PatGolfNeb.

 

Wonder how long before the Simon Cowell+American Idol type of circus develops in books.

 

At any point of transition there's lots of opportunity for people to improve their position. Unfortunately it seems that either Publishers or Retailers are going to be the ones to benefit from the current apocalypse in books.


LOL, that already DOES exist in books, it's just not on tv because watching a panel of people read stuff is exceedingly boring.  But there are absolutely contests where the prize is a publishing contract, and some of the feedback is, well, scathing is an understatement.

 

Amazon runs one.  There are others too, though.

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Re: SFWA displeased with Random House's ebook only imprints

It needs to go on TV. So Video can kill the writing star.

 

Imagine generations of impressionable kids choosing what book to read based on hwo cuteprettycool the author is or whether the author worre a fancy skirt and di d a jig.