The perils of publishing

Monday, October 17, 2011

I’m about half-way through the final revisions to Tartarus.

Meanwhile, there have been a couple of blog posts at Elf Killing And Other Hobbies about a publisher not paying royalties, not releasing books and not returning rights to writers.

While self-publishing risks obscurity if no-one ever finds your novels, at least you don’t have to worry about losing rights to your books or all the royalties; one e-book retailer might get into financial troubles and not pay, but the odds of all of them doing the same are slim.

Which is not to imply that writers should never publish through publishers, but clearly life isn’t always as easy as signing a contract and then waiting for the publisher to send you money. Hopefully this isn’t a common occurrence.

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