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[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 09:51:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"content" is a word chosen to turn creative work into an exchangeable commodity.

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 10:24:47 EDT from darknetuser

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Yeah, it is weird. I write for various firms and they don't call my stuff "content". They call them "articles", "columns", "novels" or whatever they are.

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 21:56:33 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Absolutely. I am the "content creator," they own exclusive license to use the content I create any way they want, and I get paid ONCE for it, no matter what. That is how it works.

[#] Thu Sep 05 2019 10:05:41 EDT from darknetuser

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I used to work with book publishers, which work a different way. You are basically paid per sale. You may get a forward pay if you are a big name but that is about it.
I have basically stopped writing books precisely because of how badly the whole thing works. And because I don't feel supported by the friends and the public, but that is another matter.

[#] Mon Sep 09 2019 01:14:28 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Thu Sep 05 2019 10:05:41 EDT from darknetuser
I used to work with book publishers, which work a different way. You are basically paid per sale. You may get a forward pay if you are a big name but that is about it.
I have basically stopped writing books precisely because of how badly the whole thing works. And because I don't feel supported by the friends and the public, but that is another matter.

I have a couple of friends who have self-published eBooks and seem fairly happy with the results they achieved - but it seems like an awful lot of work. 

 

 



[#] Mon Sep 09 2019 09:09:13 EDT from darknetuser

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I have a couple of friends who have self-published eBooks and seem
fairly happy with the results they achieved - but it seems like an
awful lot of work. 


My experience after being there and being at conventions and knowing people in the industry:
If you want to have your books read, you need to be able to make them, distribute them and advertise them. Self-publishing platforms usually just disribute them, which means they don't cover enough of the process and that is why most self-publishing crashes hard.
You can make self-publishing _sorta_ _kindda_

_somehow_ sell your books, but the return of investment for your time is so bad that you WILL get depressed if you make the numbers.
I suspect self-publishers that manage to sell more than 100 books per year are either a) publishing tonnes of books that are equal to each other, so selling a copy of each a month compensates for the year b) have friends that support them a fucking lot.
I know I sound very negative, but fact is, every next guy is publishing or self-publishing a book. If you release a book now, it will be lost in a sea of millions of books. No matter how good it is, you are not making it known alone. And you are not gonna make it known with help most likely.
See, I have sacrificed important things to get my books self-published and sold, and you usually don't realize when you are in it. But now I know better. It is really not worth it. Unless you are in it only for the ego trip of having a professional printed copy in your house.

[#] Mon Sep 23 2019 10:33:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Self publishing seems like the kind of thing you do just because you have something to say, not because you're going into the process looking to make a lot of money.

Famous authors can probably get away with it, but I suppose if you're that famous you can get favorable terms from a publisher.