Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'business' Category

Crowdfunding

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

I see lots of authors trying to fund the time to write their books via Kickstarter or Indiegogo, and I daily get requests from some of them to promote their campaigns on my Facebook wall. I haven’t figured out my stance on all this yet. Certainly, when I was writing my early books (I wrote [...]

Join The Authors Guild

Monday, July 20th, 2015

I recently rejoined The Authors Guild because of the great work they’re doing fighting for fair ebook royalties from traditional publishers (the Guild advocates 50% of net; the big five are all holding fast 25% of net) and a return to actual advances (instead of half the money coming years after the manuscript is accepted [...]

Copyright and the Web

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

My friend Kirstin Morrell drew this fascinating article entitled “How the anti-copyright lobby makes big business richer,” from The Register, to my attention. In general, it’s about how the web has been demolishing the ability of creative people to make a living; in particular, it’s a photojournalist’s perspective on that. In light of all the [...]

Cash Flow, Part 2

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Following up on this earlier blog entry of mine about cash flow, I note for the record that I received today my “on publication” portion of the advance for Boarding the Enterprise, the Star Trek essay collection I edited with David Gerrold for BenBella Books. Publication date was August 1, 2006; today was December 27, [...]