Sunday, November 01, 2009

News Wrap-up

Thought I’d do a wrap-up of a few news stories on books that didn’t make it into the weekly blog posts.

Here’s one from the New York Times:
Macmillan, the publishing company that owns Farrar Straus & Giroux and St. Martin’s Press, has a new standard royalty rate for ebook sales - 20 percent of net proceeds. (That’s 5 percent lower than other mainstream publishers.)

The Charlotte Florida Weekly interviews Carl Hiassen:
Apparently, if you write satire, you need to live in Florida. Hiassen just writes what he reads in the news, more or less.

Greg Bean in The Sentinel talks about the changing world of books and publishing, as well as the price war currently going on. He also talks about what he plans to do to save the hardback.

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  1. Great links! Thanks, Helen.


  2. Thanks for the leads, and remind me not to pub my next ebook with Macmillen!

    Marvin D Wilson

  3. 20% huh?

    Thanks for these news tips!

  4. Love Carl Hiassen's writing. Thanks, Helen.

  5. Hi everybody. About to set out for another full day of the Texas Book Fair.

    Carol, I do too!

  6. Hiassen (and Tim Dorsey) are my heroes. It is true that living in Florida gives a writer more material than could be used in a lifetime. It takes a Hiassen (or Dorsey) to do it true justice.

  7. I bet every state has its quirky characters. Texas, for sure, does.

  8. Thanks Helen--and yeah, Idaho has its share of outrageous eccentrics and proud of every one of 'em!

  9. 20% of net proceeds, that doesn't sound good at all.

    Bargain with the Devil

  10. Helen, (opps, put this in the wrong place):
    Your news about Macmillan and the change in 20% for net profit ("new standard royalty rate for ebook sales - 20 percent of net proceeds"). My question is, if it is an ebook, with minimal overhead costs, what is a "net proceed" based on? No printing costs, no tour costs, etc. what are the costs that go into net? Thx, love your blog. --- Judith Davis (

    11/02/2009 10:14 AM


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