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CONTENT

To help the author develop and create the best book possible. Material that has both commercial appeal and long-term value.

CAREER

To help the author determine the next best step in their writing career. Giving counsel regarding the subtleties of the marketplace as well as the realities of the publishing community.

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To help the author secure the best possible contract. One that partners with the best strategic publisher and one that is mutually beneficial for all parties involved.

Recent Posts

What Do You Do For a Living?

We have a new eye doctor and this past weekend I had my first appointment with him for my annual checkup.

He noted that I’m a literary agent. For one, I was impressed that he understood what a literary agent is. Most people have to ask. The conversation led to thoughts about professions as they are portrayed in books and on TV. Let me recap his thoughts:

“There are very few opthamologists in movies.” He named a couple of films, one with an eye doctor as a minor character.

“It’s hard for a character to have a 9-5 job because they work all day. People in movies seem to be architects. For one, no one knows what hours they work, so they can be available any time. Two, you can show them carrying around a set of blueprints as a visual. And three, they have a cool prop like a drawing board.”

From that perspective, he’s right. Visuals for the career of an architect can be rather effective and easy. And though regular office hours may be the reality for most architects, few people know one way or the other, so the perception is that they work when they please. Just look at any “Brady Bunch” TV show. Did the dad ever put in a full day of work?

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News You Can Use – April 9, 2013

Zondervan Launches New YA Imprint – Blink is its name. Our client Lisa Bergren will be part of its launch this Fall.

Art and Failure: Why the Two Go Together – Matt Appling writes a great post on Jeff Goins blog. Must reading for the week.

Elements of a Fiction Platform – Good article for those of you who write novels and still need a “platform.”

7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing – David Kudler writes some great stuff on the Huffington Post.

Is It Time to Forgive Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea? – Jon Krakauer explains his reasons why his answer is “no.”

A Contract for Book Borrowers – Make ‘em sign this agreement before they leave your house!

Writer Meets Tax Consultant – Today’s Funny comic to enjoy. Did you try to deduct that this year?

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Author Accounting 101

by Steve Laube

You are a published author. You must be rich!
You are an agent. I know you are rich.

If it only were true.

A couple weeks ago we peered at the bottom line for the brick & mortar bookstore, now let’s attempt to do the same for the author. Please remember this exercise is generic, your mileage may vary. As before we will use some round numbers so we can all follow the math.

Let’s start with that $10 retail price book we dealt with before. The publisher sells the book for $6.00 to a store. That creates a “net price” for the publisher. Be aware that some contracts pay the author a royalty based on the retail price and some on the net price.

The net price is $6.00. They author’s contract pays them 15% of the net price. That would mean when this book was sold to the bookstore the author’s account was credited for 90 cents.

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