Comments for The Passive Voice http://www.thepassivevoice.com A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing Sun, 24 May 2015 12:43:22 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Major Publishers Are Not Listening to Authors by Ferran http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/major-publishers-are-not-listening-to-authors/#comment-302891 Sun, 24 May 2015 12:43:22 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62484#comment-302891 One word: kaitensushi.

Take care.

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Comment on Major Publishers Are Not Listening to Authors by Ferran http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/major-publishers-are-not-listening-to-authors/#comment-302890 Sun, 24 May 2015 12:39:45 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62484#comment-302890 Well… “happy ending” has come to mean what it does for a reason…

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Comment on Major Publishers Are Not Listening to Authors by Ferran http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/major-publishers-are-not-listening-to-authors/#comment-302889 Sun, 24 May 2015 12:38:17 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62484#comment-302889 Wait! Rewind…

It was a joke!?

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Comment on Amazon’s U.K. Contract With Top Book Publisher Penguin Random House Set to Expire by Ferran http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/amazons-u-k-contract-with-top-book-publisher-penguin-random-house-set-to-expire/#comment-302888 Sun, 24 May 2015 12:33:02 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62469#comment-302888 Several writers have lost me as a reader because of that, so maybe…

Also, these days a writer’s words are searchable. Being obnoxious is no longer something only those in the know know.

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Comment on 12 Book Marketing Tips from 12 Industry Experts by Ferran http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/12-book-marketing-tips-from-12-industry-experts/#comment-302887 Sun, 24 May 2015 12:27:13 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62464#comment-302887 Wait! They didn’t interview Shatzkin!!??

The nerve…

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Comment on 12 Book Marketing Tips from 12 Industry Experts by Ron Estrada http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/12-book-marketing-tips-from-12-industry-experts/#comment-302886 Sun, 24 May 2015 11:16:54 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62464#comment-302886 All good tips. I devour everything I can from Nick Stephenson and, of course, PG. Yet I’m amazed at how many indie authors still play by the old rules: publish and pray. I try to visit a couple of indie websites per day and I rarely see any kind of marketing. In my not so humble opinion, the gold rush will remain over for those unwilling to educate themselves on good marketing and stick with a plan. By the way, my free book isn’t up yet. Number 2 publishes next month. It’ll be up then.

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Comment on Major Publishers Are Not Listening to Authors by USAF http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/major-publishers-are-not-listening-to-authors/#comment-302885 Sun, 24 May 2015 10:26:23 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62484#comment-302885 hey Michael. Nice to see you.

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Comment on The Rise and Fall of Globosome by Sharon Reamer http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/the-rise-and-fall-of-globosome/#comment-302884 Sun, 24 May 2015 09:20:52 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62445#comment-302884 Good question.

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Comment on Authors Guild warns authors over contributing online articles for free by USAF http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/authors-guild-warns-authors-over-contributing-online-articles-for-free/#comment-302883 Sun, 24 May 2015 07:54:29 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62486#comment-302883 Authors Guild enjoined the suit in federal court and fought hard some years back against the wealthy beyond wealthy Punch Sulzberger’s New York Times wanting not to pay any writer for all rights. If you wrote for the bloated NYT, they claimed the right to use, syndicate, reuse your work any way they wanted and you personally could go pound sand. NYT, BG, CT, LAT, and other prominent mags and newspapers were hogs about it all. Before that NYT attitude, as noted in court docs, was we can do what we want because we are who we are bs.

Authors Guild also fought to have a clearinghouse that pays royalties for reuse of mag/newsp/etc articles. Many of us get checks yearly for articles we’ve written that remain evergreen. It’s movie ticketsx10 money for the family, and everything helps.

Just this week got a request to write for a big mag. On further investigation: For free. ‘Oh, we dont usually pay for THAT kind of article.’ Good. Then you shan’t have it, you willieknickers.

The boars and jackels are not amazon or authors guild. Think of who controls the ink. There are the vicious gormands who are intent on eating your bones. They dont care if youre indie or trad. They are going to do all they can to live off you by either outdoing you, flooding the market in your indie genre, or taking their humongous 80-92 percent.

I think indie is the way to go. For now. But keep hearing distant thunder about for instance, east Indian writers and others being given ‘formulae’ for writing genres in English. Just came across an aspiring E. Indian podcaster the other day who was speaking about same and how excited many Indian authors are– to think they are writing in english and will be pub’d by big pubs in the USA. Another E. I. podcaster said, they are fixing to be ‘book packagers’… and that they hope they can translate some of the trad pub’d books into Hindi and Gujarti also. The world is changing so fast, veering, careening, throwing off evile old kings, but also, I’m afraid, goodhearted farmers and brave knights and ladies.

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Comment on Major Publishers Are Not Listening to Authors by michael kozlowski http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2015/major-publishers-are-not-listening-to-authors/#comment-302882 Sun, 24 May 2015 07:49:15 +0000 http://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=62484#comment-302882 I approve of the positive responses on this article I wrote. Normally the comment section is full of flaming torches and angry mobs.

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