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B&N refuses to sell any book published by Amazon Publishing

Started by Alle C. Hall. Last reply by Paula Berman May 20, 2013. 1 Reply

The New York Times is reporting the above. What do you ladies think?I've been watching this battle for a while, wondering how B&N was going to respond to the newer industry big'un. Fold or go…Continue

Tips on designing cover for self-published book

Started by Komal Mansoor Nov 30, 2011. 0 Replies

Hello friends, Authors: Here is my latest blog post on designing book covers on your own using cheap tools. I hope you will find it helpful. While you are there, tell me in the comment section, which…Continue

Would self publishing my first book the right thing to do?

Started by KBell. Last reply by Trendle Ellwood Jan 7, 2011. 4 Replies

The pen journey started when I was 15 years old.I experience so much at an early age ,progressing as I grew older.Alot of mistakes were made along the way.I know I can not change the universe,however…Continue

Has anyone used Balboa Press?

Started by carol lozier Dec 31, 2010. 0 Replies

Hi everyone!  I saw the post about Balboa Press, a self-publishing co.  I was wondering if anyone has used them and if so, what was your experience? Thanks!CarolContinue

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Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 17, 2014 at 12:28pm

Does anybody know whether there is such a thing as a Writers' Atorney - one who knows what is libelous in a story, particularly if you are doing an unauthorized biography? 

Comment by Lucille Joyner on March 3, 2014 at 9:38am

Thank you so much, Karen. I've always had favorable results with the Karens in my life.

Comment by Karen A. Wyle on March 3, 2014 at 9:25am

Re Lucille's question: even when one has an agent, it has become increasingly dangerous to rely on that agent for protection from onerous contract clauses. Some  agents prioritize their level of protection, even trading off the interest of new or mid-list authors in favor of their bestselling authors. Many others are used to the less predatory practices of the past, and fail to pick up on nasty contract language hidden in boilerplate. I highly recommend hiring a competent IP (intellectual property) attorney either to review the entire proposed contract, or at least to look for the more common rights grabs. One such attorney is the David Vandagriff, who also blogs as Passive Guy at The Passive Voice. His attorney website is at

Comment by Lucille Joyner on March 2, 2014 at 6:38pm

I am new to this group and my most pressing questions have to do with contracts. Who protects the author from dishonesty? Is that the agent's responsibility to know about contracts? Sometimes there is no agent; then what? Where does one learn about the correct and fair wording of contracts? Are we protected BY publishers or should we protect ourselves FROM publishers? It seems like such a great big world out there, this writing thing.  

Comment by Carolyn Haley on June 29, 2012 at 4:58am

For a good overview on the Dept. of Justice case involving Amazon and the Big 6 publishers, visit American Editor's blog. The long and disturbing letter from the Authors Guild presents how Amazon is damaging the entire publishing industry.

Comment by Komal Mansoor on July 12, 2011 at 8:00am


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Comment by Carolyn Haley on April 13, 2011 at 4:54pm
Re: Karen's query about platform vs. genre:

I may be wrong, but I understand platform to be the author's position in the marketplace, and genre to be the book's placement in the marketplace. It's a very blurry line in between . . . but methinks you would use your platform to promote a book in whatever genre.

The difference between literary and genre work is often a matter of tone as well as content. Again, a very blurry line. Genre works tend to follow certain conventions by which they signal belonging. A simplified example is romance, wherein the story focuses primarily on the relationship between a man and a woman, the obstacles they must overcome, and how they get to a happily-ever-after (or happy-for-now) ending.

Fantasy, too, has its conventions, one of which involves magic or something so completely Not of Earth As We Know it that it can't be considered realism or science fiction. Subgenres get more specific. Often, literary works differentiate themselves by being more deeply probing into character or place than genre works, though anyone who reads a lot can surely mount an argument against that statement. I would interpret "literary fantasy" to be something different from "sword and sorcery," for instance. Literary fantasy happens to be a new term for me, but off the top of my head I'd place something like the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings into that classification.
Comment by Karen Engelsen on April 13, 2011 at 4:31pm

Hello, All!

I've got a question about the intersection of 'platform' and genre. Background:

My novel is an historical fantasy set in 780's Denmark. It is a character driven, rather than plot driven story. The 'voice' is much closer to Sigrid Unset than Marion Zimmer Bradley, although the theme is closer to 'The Mists of Avalon.' The writers closest to my style might be LeGuin or Gaiman.

I'm busily developing my platform through a blog, twitter, and facebook. So far my following tends to be in the historical reenactment, sf/f fandom, pagan, scando-american and Norwegian communities.

Several prominent fantasy writers are members of communities I belong to, and I am likely to be able to obtain references and connections to agents dealing in genre fantasy through them. I also attend the Fourth Street Fantasy Convention, and have connections to the Nielsen-Haydens there.

HOWEVER, I've been told by the literary crowd that my work walks like their kind of duck and quacks like their kind of duck, so I'm a literary fantasist.

So what does that mean?

How is the call made on the publishing end between a literary work, or a genre work? Is a genre 'platform' going to effect the placement of my work? If my work is, indeed, literary - do I need to handle building platform differently, and if so, how? How do I parse agents to find one dealing in 'Literary Fantasy?'

I find this all very confusing. Any thoughts you are willing to share would be gratefully received. -Karen-


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