Earlier this week the Writers’ Union of Canada released “A Writer’s Bill of Rights for the Digital Age.” The 12-point document addresses concerns and challenges writers face due to the changing publishing landscape, as the industry transitions from a traditional to digital model.
Demands include that “the publisher shall split the net proceeds of ebook sales equally with the author” and that “when a book is out of print in print form, continuing sales in electronic form shall not prevent a rights reversion to the author.” Author Greg Hollingshead, chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, answered some questions about the bill of rights… READ MORE
Books Are Dead?
Perhaps the more than 200 authors gathered last month at the Hyatt Regency for the Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference should have prepared themselves upon seeing the title of blogger and publishing strategist Jane Friedman’s keynote lunch speech, “Is the Book Dead? Who Cares!”
As Friedman got under way, she talked about “the state of the book” and then clicked to an image of a mushroom cloud. The room full of would-be authors sat aghast…
From creating a great blog to finding a following on Twitter, Friedman’s point was clear — authors need to create a direct line to their audience, a platform that they control. [READ THE FULL STORY]