Erik Sherman's WriterBiz
A spot about the business of writing as seen by a freelance writer. That includes marketing, sales, contracts, copyright, planning, research - in short, the business end of writing.
- Name: Erik Sherman
- Location: Massachusetts, United States
I'm an independent writer and photographer who covers business, food, technology, books, media, general features, and pretty much anything appealing that results in a signed check. My work has appeared in such places as the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Newsweek Japan, Fortune, Inc, Fortune Small Business, the Financial Times, Advertising Age, Saveur, US News & World Report, and Continental
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Online Literary Magazines
Monday, February 16, 2009
Money and Blogging
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Check Google Books for Your Out of Print Titles
- To be eligible, your work must be in their system.
- A full book gets you $60 plus the majority of revenue from ads placed around the display of the book.
- An "insert" gets paid only part of a fee. The definition of an insert is "any text and other material, such as forewords, essays, poems, quotations, letters, song lyrics, children’s Book illustrations, sheet music, charts, and graphs, if independently protected by U.S. copyright, contained in a Book, a government work or a public domain book published on or before January 5, 2009 and, if U.S. works, registered (alone or as part of another work) with the U.S. Copyright Office. Inserts do not include pictorial content (except for children’s Book illustrations), or any public domain or government works."
- If you want, you can also opt out of the settlement or file an objection or indicate that you plan to be at the fairness hearing, but you'd have to do it by May 5, 2009.
- Claims have to be filed by January 5, 2010.
But if you do plan to get your little chunk of change, check the dates - if interested parties can file objections by May 5, there is the possibility that the settlement could be challenged. In any case, clearly no one is going to see any money until some time next year at the soonest.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Interesting Article on Amazon and Kindle
- Analysts think that the Kindle is already turning a profit, which is impressive.
- Really increasing the Kindle's popularity would require dropping the price, but that would threaten Amazon's relationships with publishers - suggesting that Amazon is far from able to simply dictate terms, even with the large slice of the book selling business it represents.
- Amazon also makes more money on paper books than on e-books. One analyst guesses that the margins are 5 percent to 10 percent higher. That surprised me. I would have expected higher margins on the e-books.
- Jeff Bezos has said that e-books are now 10 percent of book unit sales, which means that their numbers are feeling increasing pressure. I'm not sure that I believe this figure, though perhaps the Kindle owners do buy that many titles.
- An analyst suggests that the Kindle makes sense only for a small percentage of the buying public, because most people wouldn't get more than five books a year, making the device too expensive.
- The iPhone may become the iPod of books, as Google creates a version of its online book search for the device.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
About.com Gets Hit With Staff, Freelancer Pay Cuts
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Nine Sources of Trade Magazine Lists
- TradePub.com -- The site provides subscription services for business-to-business (b-to-b) publications. But it also gives you the name of publications and lists them by industry, so it's a great research tool.
- Free Trade Magazine Source -- This is another subscription stop.
- Yahoo's Media Directory -- Yahoo's directory, or categorization of links by topic, is one of the best. You can look by topic and see what publications are listed. It's not exhaustive, and you'll find consumer-targeted titles as well as b-to-b, but still useful. You can even go right to the trade magazine section of the directory.
- TechExpo Directory -- These are touted as science and technology trades, but there also seem to be more general industry titles as well.
- Amazon's Trade Magazine Listings -- Amazon sells magazine subscriptions and has an entire category of professional and trade titles. On the left you'll see links by topics. Not all the topics have associated titles, but many do.
- About.com -- The link in this case takes you to a Google search page that looks for the term "trade magazines" on About.com. It won't all be a fit, but many of the entries will be lists of trade magazines put together by people who cover various topics on About.
- HighBeam Research -- You may hate how they try to sell your articles when you're getting nada for it, so make them pay in a different way by turning their lists of trade journals into a marketing mine.
- Encyclopedia.com -- For some reason, the reference site, which republishes many trade magazine articles, has them listed in reverse alphabetical order.
- Magazines.com -- A site for ordering magazines, you can browse by title or by category.