Award and festival winning playwright and poet seeks scripts. Looking for short, 1-20 minutes, baseball themed plays to accompany my play, DUGOUT MEMORIES, to make a complete evening of baseball theme plays. Currently have not set a deadline. No restrictions on content except plays must have a baseball theme. Contact Jerry-Mac Johnston with questions or submissions. Hard copies submit to 1438 S. Arcadia, Springfield, MO 65804 or email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Jerry-Mac is a member of the Springfield (MO) Writer’s Guild.
E-book sales continue growing wherever you look.
Barnes & Noble announced that e-book sales are more than double that of print book sales. As of January 29, they estimated they have 25% of the e-book market with Nook sales.
Amazon reports that sales of Kindle e-books now outnumber traditional paperback sales. They stated that for every 100 paperbacks sold they sell 115 Kindle titles. E-book sales now outnumber hardcover sales by a three-to-one margin.
News summarized from Publishers Weekly and Fierce Mobile Content.
The world of publishing continues to evolve, including the world of digital publishing. Is having an agent important? What is an agent’s role in this changing digital world?
The FF&P (Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal) chapter of Romance Writers of America is hosting a Yahoo! email loop workshop on “The Agent’s Role in Digital Publishing” presented by Laurie McLean. For non-members the rate is $20, which is a bargain. The workshop isn’t just for romance writers. It is for all writers of eBooks, POD books and self-publishing.
Literary Agent Laurie McLean of Larsen Pomada Literay Agents in San Francisco handles genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, horror, ‘new’ westerns, thrillers, suspense) and middle-grade/young-adult children’s books. More information on her preferences for agent queries is included in the information for this workshop, see the link via the workshop’s title.
Passed on by Starla Criser
Personally, I have had fairly good success this last year with my books listed at Amazon, especially the Kindle books. But they do like to play around with publishers and consequently authors and how they treat them in regards to royalties.
I was reading a post from OWFI today that went over some of what Amazon does about royalties. They offer publishers two different percentages: 35% and 70%. For a book to qualify for the 70% royalty it must have a minimum price of $2.99.
Amazon has recently joined in on the “lending book” stuff that Barnes and Noble also does. If the book meets the qualifications to receive a 70% royalty, the book is now automatically signed up for Amazon’s Kindle Lending Program. What this means is that a Kindle owner can purchase a copy of the book and then lend the copy to another Kindle owner for a week or so. And that, in turn, means the author and publisher miss out on that additional sale of the book.
A publisher can opt out of being part of the Lending Program, but then the royalty on the book is lowered to 35%.
Just something to think about and check into with your publisher.