Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Does Amazon Cheat on Royalty Statements??
Recently, there's been a spate of blog posts alluding to a collusion between some literary agents and the Big Five - one well known romance novel publisher, in particular, who will remain nameless - regarding royalty payments, or rather lack of, to authors. The words, "cheating", "dishonest practises" and "misleading statements", were scattered throughout those articles.
It's enough for any author to up-stakes, leave their publisher and go indie - as several already have - in the hope of earning any form of income from their books.
But if Amazon and CreateSpace are just as guilty, what hope is there left?
Some of my published author-friends have had their Ebook sales recorded, but not PODs. Why aren't they included on the statements?
That angers me! Is there such a thing as honesty and integrity in the publishing world? Or has it entirely disappeared in the pursuit of greed?
After all, without writers, there would be no publishing houses. Without us, they wouldn't have a business! So, as the old adage says, why bite the hand that feeds?
As a writer, I spend every moment of my spare time pouring my heart and soul into my creation, my world, my baby - my book. It takes two, three, maybe four years to write, and then the real work of perfecting and polishing begins. I get it thoroughly critiqued, edited and proofread until it's ready to greet the outside world. And when it finally is, the publisher takes - whether it's traditionally published or indie - the rights as well as my earnings and if they can tweak the sales statements, they will.
Publishing is a business and this business is lead by sharks and snakes!
Please excuse the colourful metaphors, but right now I feel like throwing my hands up in despair, for no matter which direction I choose to publish my book, I know I'll be cheated!
Here's the link to the article I mentioned above. The comments on the site lead to further interesting links. Do Amazon and Createspace Rip Off Indie Publishers With Failure to Correctly Report Sales?
If anyone has any comments or first hand experience of this I'd love to know. Actually, I'd love to start a discussion on it.
Are writers being cheated by their publishers? Can we do anything about it? Or are we simply helpless guppies?!
Posted by Tima Maria at 11:17