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Welcome to the Roundtable Roundup, our fifth weekly podcast where we go back to our roots and have brought back the Roundtable aspect. Each Sunday (American time) we’ll invite a guest or two to join us live to discuss the latest news and views from the self-publishing and indie industry.
Onwards, to our fifth podcast…
Chrishaun Keller joined Erica and X to discuss the below topics:
Author Earnings Courts Controversy…Again
It’s been two years since Author Earnings started. An endeavour designed to provide meaningful data on income as gleaned from Amazon’s raw data for authors so they could make decisions on what to do with their manuscripts. The 8th edition of information has been released and the pie charts are pretty.
The Big 5 publishers are now providing less than a quarter of the dollars earned by creatives for their ebook sales. Indies are taking close to half.
Since its inception Author Earnings has been criticised. Now so more than ever considering how the line on the graph has turned in indies favour and because they have also changed how they calculate this information.
See the full story:
- http://publishingperspectives.com/2016/02/digital-arachnid-what-will-author-earnings-mean-to-the-industry/#.VsDyp8d7SLs <–Data Guy responds in comments
- http://www.hughhowey.com/my-bias-again/ <– Hugh’s response
- https://selfpublishingroundtable.com/sprt31/ <– Related: DBW’s attempts at an income survey over two years ago which may have given Hugh and Data Guy the idea of getting more accurate information for authors
Author Claims Book Banned by Publisher
Nick Cole recently launched his latest book, Control Alt Revolt. It’s a prequel to The End of the World as we Knew it – which was traditionally published by HarperVoyager. Nick claims that the reason why he had to publish this book himself is because it was effecitvely banned by HarperVoyager. The publisher refused to publish the book based on content that had upset and offended the editor. Nick claims he was never given a chance to address the issues and the book was removed from production.
See the full story: http://www.nickcolebooks.com/2016/02/09/banned-by-the-publisher/
Copyright Infringement: Dark Hunter vs. Shadowhunters
Sherrilyn Kenyon is suing Cassandra Clare for copyright infringement and loss of profits. Clare, according to the complaint filed in court “ in writing The Mortal Instruments and the Shadowhunters Series knowingly and willfully copied the Dark-Hunter Series and original elements therein to create a work or works substantially similar to and derivative of the Dark-Hunter Series.” stating that “the literary components are fictional and, in many respects, the elements are virtually identical.”
See the full story:
- http://fanlore.org/wiki/Cassandra_Clare <– contains information on prior ingringing
- http://www.courtneymilan.com/cc-complaint/1-main.pdf <– the court documents
- http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/12/cassandra-clare-hits-back-at-sherrilyn-kenyons-lawsuit-alleging-copying <– Cassandra’s response
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