Feeling Sorry for Authors

@just4him (112956)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
January 7, 2017 6:59pm CST
I just read a comment about how easy it is to get books on Kindle and then be able to listen to them for a small fee for the audible app. It all makes me feel sorry for every author who hopes for a nice royalty for the books they write. Yes, I'm one of those authors. Every time I hear about how a person was able to get their eBook either free or for a very small price, I cringe. Authors go through a lot of work to write the words you read. It takes a lot of research to make certain all the facts are right, even for fiction, the facts need to be correct. Then there is the time it took to write the book, edit it, revise it, and then publish it, whether with a traditional publisher or self publish. Only to have their precious work bought for pennies so it can be read on Kindle or Nuk or other eReader device. Royalties on eBooks is a pittance compared to a standard paper and ink book you hold in your hands. Anyone who thinks authors make a lot of money on the books they write, are sadly mistaken. My royalties for the books I've written is still in double digits for the combined four years since my first book came out. I know most of my royalties was in eBooks. Sometimes I wonder why I write when I know my royalties are going to be next to nothing if I do get a royalty for them. It's been a couple months since I saw a royalty check and before that a couple years. I won't tell you to buy a paper and ink book, but have some consideration for all the work authors put in for the books you are reading on your Kindle. Thanks for reading. Not meant to be a rant, just something to think about.
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@JudyEv (121032)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jan 17
What you say is very true. And the ease of publishing means there is a lot of rubbish out there too.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
That's true. I self publish, but I've also gotten some very good reviews on my first book and one on my second.
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@JudyEv (121032)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 17
@just4him But the rubbishy ones make it that much harder again for the better writers.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
@JudyEv Yes it does.
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@Gillygirl (17277)
• Sutton, England
8 Jan 17
A friend of mine has had three books of poems published on Amazon as well as some educational books. She has told me how bad the pay is. I've only been published once and that was in a magazine. The time taken on research and writing the article was huge. The pay wasn't that good and I was silly enough to allow them world rights so I couldn't sell it again.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
Oh my, that's terrible. I'm sorry you don't have rights to your work. Do you get it back after a certain length of time?
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@Gillygirl (17277)
• Sutton, England
9 Jan 17
@just4him Unfortunately not, I was such a novice and so delighted to be published I agreed to world rights. If I had gone for 1st copyright I could have sold the article again. World rights meant that the magazine could have sold my article on.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
@Gillygirl That's the only one I hadn't heard of. I've looked into all the different rights and first rights would be the only one I can think of that I would agree on because it comes back to me.
@jstory07 (66039)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Jan 17
I knew that already my grandson told me about it and he is only 19 but he does not think that is right at all.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
Unfortunately there is nothing an author can do about it.
@celticeagle (117619)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Jan 17
I would have to sign with a good publisher then that pays well upfront I think.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
If I could find a publisher that would sign me that would be great. I just kept hearing the same thing. They are looking for authors with a following. In other words authors need to self publish first to get noticed. I know there are many authors who have signed book deals, but those numbers are dwindling, especially among new authors.
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@celticeagle (117619)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Jan 17
@just4him ......Sounds sad. I remember when televisions producers excepted manuscripts for their shows on a episode basis. Sure don't anymore.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
@celticeagle It's a long hard process to get noticed today.
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@NJChicaa (38313)
• United States
8 Jan 17
I get my ebooks for free for my Kindle through the county library system. If I didn't do it digitally, I'd be getting the actual hardcover versions from the local library. I don't buy books because I read them too quickly.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
Aren't there any you would like to hold on to and read again?
@Brittnyrose (1457)
• Aberdeen, North Carolina
8 Jan 17
Your right about this, I also have been doing some research bout the royalties of books. I write myself, so I know it takes alot of time and research.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
Yes it does.
@Drosophila (16718)
• Ireland
8 Jan 17
I think the change of technology and the concept of "content creation and publication should be easy and free" for everyone, unfortunately really ruined it for authors. My best friend is a professional author and journalist with 3 books under her belt still feels it's extremely difficult to make a decent living out of writing and publishing books.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
It is very difficult.
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@Drosophila (16718)
• Ireland
10 Jan 17
@just4him indeed, I guess the only way is to still find a publisher that will pay big checks
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jan 17
@Drosophila It's hard to find those.
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@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
8 Jan 17
yeah, I wondered about that. Not fair that your share isnt the same either way
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
It couldn't be. My book sells for $17.95, which gives me a decent royalty. However, the eBook sells for $3.99 so the royalty is going to be much less. You know which one people will buy. Ink and paper just isn't 'in' any more.
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• Centralia, Missouri
10 Jan 17
@just4him I just assumed the author got the same amount, like a flat rate, with the difference in publishing costs.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt No. The rates are much different between the eBook version and the paper and ink.
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8 Jan 17
I think, from the authors that I know, they often offer their books on Kindle for free or very cheap in order to hope to get some positive feedback for their books. If they get enough, the popularity COULD catapult their books into the mainstream. And wouldn't that be great? It could possibly work in their favor. I know they work a LOT to get those books written and published, but making it available could help them. { I have yet to write that book that i hope to someday! }
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
It takes a lot of work to get noticed. It would be nice if it worked like that.
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@Wordly1 (478)
• Kingston, New Hampshire
8 Jan 17
The problem with selling books is that 'everybody and his brother' is selling a book. Readers are a minority in this 'smart phone' infested world. So,serious writers who want to sell have to come up with 'rich content' worth the read, but, they also need a title that invites curiosity and that's the hardest part. I think that it's best to not underprice your work; it will either sell or it won't.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
When the first edition came out the price was so high not many people bought it. I started selling my copies at half what they sold for online. Now with the second edition it is more in line with what other books are selling for, for that size book and I'm happy with the price.
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@allen0187 (33144)
• Philippines
8 Jan 17
So sad to hear the plight of authors. They deserve better treatment and pay.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
We're not going to get it unless authors become best selling and everybody buys their books.
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@bunnybon7 (35865)
• Holiday, Florida
8 Jan 17
i really understand. at least you have some fame and know people are enjoying your thoughts and efforts. that is what i would be very happy about.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
Yes, I know people who bought from me personally, and love my books, but my sales online are very low.
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@DianneN (76157)
• United States
8 Jan 17
I have gotten free books online, but quit when I read several of them. Those free books are pure garbage and a waste of time. I prefer fresh off the press paper books, even if they cost more.
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jan 17
I used to feel the same way about people who self publish. I know anyone can self publish and many of those aren't very good writers. I self publish and I've gotten some very good reviews. Even the people who bought from me personally instead of going online, love my books, so that's a boost for me.
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