The official blog of Susan Landis-Steward, writer of whatever she likes, and co-founder of Puddletown Publishing Group

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FYI: Another Bad Sign for Traditional Publishing

Check this link out. Now, apparently, at least one major publisher, Macmillan, is trying to get authors to sign over their copyright. Not just for the current work, but for any derivative works. If I understand correctly, derivative includes sequels, recordings, whatever. In perpetuity.

http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2011/02/by-far-biggest-issue.html

So, what does Puddletown do? First, you have to buy your own copyright, for $37 (paid to the government, not us), and we make sure YOU own your work. We don’t want it. Sure, if you write a sequel and want to publish it with us, we’ll talk. But all we want is your e-rights. For two years. As I said before, you can re-up with us, or we can part friends if you want to try something else when the two years are up.

This bit about Macmillan’s contract tells me that they are at the front of the pack, running scared. And just another word about Macmillan: I’ve been working for Macmillan as a freelancer in another capacity for many years. I like the people I work with. But Macmillan has outsourced most of its production to India and dropped the rates they pay freelancers into the realm of the ridiculous. This I don’t like.

Remember, in the last post, I told you that with our model, your royalties go UP over time? Just saying.

30 days, but who’s counting…

Today is one month since Renee LaChance and I sat around at a party talking ebooks. Today, we signed our first contracts with new authors as Puddletown Publishing Group.

Yes, one of those contracts was mine, for my lesbian mystery, “Blind Leading the Blind.” And the other is for our other partner’s YA novel. About two weeks after Renee and I started Puddletown, we dragged another friend (still technically under contract with an agent for another few days . . . hence the secrecy) into the mix, and the 21st century model of publishing, as our third partner. It seemed only fitting that the first be ours. Hell, we didn’t even read them because we helped write them.

It’s been an amazing month. As of right now, I’m not sure how many books we have in the queue. Next week we sign contracts with at least three and possibly five writers. Three are new authors, two are established.

No, this is not vanity press. People who don’t even know mystery partner and me read our books and gave them a thumbs up. But, since it’s our company, and we had books ready to go, and we were signing contracts, why shouldn’t we go first?

Puddletown is establishing a new model in publishing. We are a true publishing company. If you submit a book, we may or may not decide to publish it. We demand good writing, professional-quality editing, and, yes, rewrites. We have two books out for rewrites right now.  We also do all the preparation to bring the book to market, handle distribution in major markets, and market the books. We don’t charge our authors anything. We pay royalties (better than New York’s. A lot better.) The only difference? We don’t kill trees. We are strictly ebooks with a POD option. And we think we’ll be successful. The 30+ great books we have lined up in our first thirty days tell us that.

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