News You Can Use – Oct. 2, 2012

Why is the new J.K.Rowling e-book priced at $17.99? – This brief article presents some succinct economic details to help you further understand how this industry works.

Penguin Sues Authors for Advances Paid – There are at least two sides to every story, but this appears to be a number of cases where a writer signed a contract, accepted a sizeable cash advance, and never delivered the manuscript. There must have been previous attempts to get the money back for Penguin to resort to the court system to collect.

Get Paid More for your Freelance Work! – This article has 37 negotiating tips to improve your freelance editing income.

Congratulations to our clients Aaron McCarver, Diane Ashley, and Susan May Warren for winning the Carol Award for their fiction category. Click here for a complete list of winners and their book jackets. Well done!

The Accidental History of the @ Symbol – The origin of things like these is always fascinating to me. This article is from the Smithsonian Magazine.

The Importance of a Good Contract – “I Love Lucy” is worth $20 million annually…sixty years after the show aired.

My father, Roger G. Laube, passed away on September 15th and we recently held the burial and memorial services with family gathered from six states. He was a remarkable man who had an unwavering faith in God and a vigorous life in business, church, music, and family. He served as an incredible model for all who were touched by him. We love you Dad. You will be missed. An online memorial can be found at this link ( Included there is a full obituary and a “more photos” section. (Memorial gifts should be sent to Gideons International.). Picture to the left is from his 90th birthday, last year.

14 Responses to News You Can Use – Oct. 2, 2012

  1. Ane Mulligan October 2, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    Steve, my condolences on your dad’s passing on to Heaven. My dad was 89 when he went to the Lord. When a man has served God with his life and all his heart, his homegoing becomes a true celebration. While I miss my dad, I know he’s having a blast in Heaven and I’ll see him again. I was blessed by your words about you dad.

  2. Cecelia Dowdy October 2, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Steve, I didn’t realize your father had passed. My sympathies to you and your family.

  3. Deborah Vogts October 2, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    Sorry to hear about your dad, Steve. Please accept my condolences to you and your family.

  4. Patti Jo Moore October 2, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    My sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. While you greatly miss your precious Dad, what a blessing to know he is now with the Lord, and one day you’ll all have a glorious reunion! That thought is what keeps me going when I yearn for my sweet Daddy and Mama here on earth—they were truly my very best friends. ~ I will keep you in my prayers in the days ahead.

  5. Chris Johnson October 2, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Just saw this about your dad, Steve. My sympathies. I’m sure he will be greatly missed and you will anticipate a heavenly reunion! He sounds like an interesting and faithful man. You are blessed with quite the heritage.

  6. Lindsay Harrel October 2, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Steve, I’m so sorry about your father. I’m praying you have lots of awesome memories to hold on to and that the Lord comforts your heart.

  7. Glenda October 2, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    I’m sorry for your loss. Parents are influential and it sounds like he blessed your life in a wide range of effective ways by living a godly life. May you sense God’s comforting presence during this next year.

  8. Robin Patchen October 2, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    So sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Condolences for your and your family.

  9. Terri Weldon October 2, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Steve, I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. No matter how old we are there is a part of our heart reserved for parental love. I hope you will find comfort and joy in your memories.

  10. Deb Kastner October 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    So sorry for your loss, Steve. Praying for you and your family.

  11. Aaron McCarver October 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    My prayers are with you and your family, Steve, at this time and in the days, weeks and months to come. And thanks for the congrats. It is greatly appreciated.

  12. Stacy Hawkins Adams October 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s recent passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May your special memories and the lessons he shared bring you comfort.

  13. Ruth October 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    So sorry about your father. My best wishes and prayers for you and your family.

    90 years! Wow. What a blessing.

  14. Anita October 4, 2012 at 4:55 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.

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