This week the publishing blogosphere was soul searching as the news filtered through that Huffington Post was proud to not pay its writers. When the dust settled over the initial outrage, some great posts about the problem of free and paying the writer emerged.
Porter pulled together some of the articles and great discussions. Chuck wrote a piece that was full speed ahead, man the torpedoes. Jami Gold’s post, last week, was prescient about knowing why you are writing for free.
This week Joanne Harris dropped out of attending a literary festival over the restrictive nature of the contract. Festival appearance contracts are becoming very odd. With Phillip Pulman making a case to pay the writers for appearances of dubious value to the writer, some literary festivals have found another way to exact a pound of flesh. Restricting an authors public movements seems to be going a step too far though.
Writer Beware has been seeing some weird publishing contracts lately with termination clauses popping up with fine print saying the writer will have to pay costs... even if the writer didn’t terminate the agreement. Keep an eye on new contract language.
Ellen Oh wrote a heartfelt plea to white writers over how they write coloured characters. At first many writers thought she was saying white writers shouldn’t write these characters, but Ellen was saying something different. Be authentic in your writing. It is a great post to mull over.
Today Simon and Schuster launched a new imprint... specifically aimed at Muslim children’s books. This is a great addition to their imprint list and a great statement to make to the publishing world.
In the Craft Section,
Scenes as capsules of time- C S Lakin- Bookmark
Creating Author business plans- Janice Hardy
Hack your readers brains by using senses- K M Weiland- Bookmark
How to write a fight scene- Christine Frazier- Bookmark
In the Marketing Section,
How authors can use Pinterst- Jane Friedman
10 clever ways to grow your email list- The Book Designer-Bookmark
If you are on Twitter and you are searching for some interesting writer accounts to follow then you can’t go far wrong taking a look at this nifty list that the Expert Editor has put together. A little something for everyone here.