Unfortunately, the third party problem for authors isn't on the best track. According to a New York Times article published on October 12, writer Douglas Preston describes the origins of this problem with a gray market, where wholesalers, buy back programs and blemished products all contribute to third party sellers taking over the primary purchase button, taking away royalties from publishers and authors. Read the whole story over at the New York Times.
Guest writer Josh Stiemle wrote a great article on Entrepreneur about generating revenue for authors. While often the best marketing any author can do is write, this article goes over other methods of generating income as an author, from consulting to services and more. Read about it at Entrepreneur.
Rob Salkowitz covered New York Comic Con and reported on the biggest comic book publishing announcements, from old rosters returning to DC to an old imprint coming back and Marvel attempting to clear the negative mist that shrouded them after the Captain America story that saw Steve Rodgers as a covert Hydra agent. The storyline didn't go over well, and the two founders of Spine Press + Post weren't big fans either. Read all of the coverage over at Forbes.
In an article at Entertainment Weekly, they covered a new report that showed out of 100 published romance books, only an average of 7.8 were written by people of color. To read Maureen Lee Lenker's article including statistics about the publishing houses trying to improve that number, read the article over at Entertainment Weekly.
Shifting to reporting, news publishers are finding ways to adapt to modern-age requirements, how to diversify their income and discover previously during more traditional publishing times. Find out about how companies are shifting their strategies to equal revenue and increased investments at Zacks Equity Research.
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