Selling Drinks on the Titanic

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: The Hachette Job

And to you authors who keep signing publishing deals: good luck trying to get your rights returned when your publisher goes bankrupt and they’re sold as assets to pay off creditors. But in the meantime, make the most of your awful royalties, terrible contract terms, and lack of control over your career.

I’ve been very pleased with the outcome of my independent publishing of Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster, which has done better, financially, than all but two (out of 28) of my dead tree, NYC-published novels.

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Selling Drinks on the Titanic — 4 Comments

  1. Please clarify: Do you mean that after selling for only a couple months, Lightning Fall has already made you more than most of your novels, which were published years ago and probably now bring in a trickle from Amazon sales?

    • Yes. And BTW – if you take a look at total book payouts (advances, royalties) over the past twenty years, adjusted for inflation they’ve gone down considerably. In the case of the mid-list, (which is were my books were marketed) they’ve gone down in nominal terms as well. IOW, if the books I sold twenty years ago were to be sold today, they would make me less money than they did twenty years ago – my advances would be smaller, my royalties smaller.

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