[Literary agent Sonia Land] called on publishers to up their rates from 25% to 50% of net proceeds from e-books to secure digital rights.She took one of her authors who had 100 books, but the estate hadn’t received an offer of e-publishing from the print publisher, and e-published them through her own company.
They never approached me with a deal, but I think they knew I wanted a better offer.A Transworld Publishers spokesman said:
We have broad and ongoing talks with agents to explain the economics of e-book publishing and our confidential royalty rates are part of our strategy for the e-book market which is constantly evolving in what we believe to be the best interests of our authors and the industry as a whole.What do you think? Should the author get more than 25% on their e-book? Or does the publisher do enough work in promotion and converting the print book to e-book to justify their getting 75%? And why is it that part of the strategy for the e-book market is to keep the royalty rates confidential?