I covered this sort of thing at university in more detail but sometimes, it is nice to have a little reminder of how things work with publishers,agents and contracts, etc. My reminder today came from Benedict Jacka.
He’s written a blog post today talking about getting his first royalty check then went on to explain about how book contracts and getting paid works, among other things. It is very clearly explained and very concise. For people who haven’t been taught and/or haven’t read about how this work from the how-to books that are out there on the market and are coming into the industry not knowing how it works, it is brilliant.
I thought I would post it here for you to read and to enjoy: http://benedictjacka.co.uk/2013/11/01/heffalumps-and-royalties/
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After the revelation that JK Rowling published a crime novel under a pen name, the BBC News website has published an interesting article discussing why established and new authors sometimes write under a pseudonym, including discussion of why editors will suggest a pen name and the effects of an author’s name on book sales. If you want to create a pen name for yourself, the last section (Make It Memorable) offers advice on doing so. You will find the article here: JK Rowling or Robert Galbraith: How to pick a pen name
I do intend to (hopefully!) publish under my name but this article has me thinking about whether my real name is right for the genre I want to write in. Would it sound good as the author of a fantasy novel or crime or another type of writing? I do have a middle name but it is very effeminate so I may, in that respect, have a similar problem to Rowling: boys don’t buy or read books by women.
In time, I will probably know but for now, I am happy to post some of my work on deviantART under my username whilst continuing to write and, hopefully, at least get published in more traditional ways.