Thursday, April 23, 2015

More on Author Contracts

Getting a contract for a book is exciting, but you need to think about some things other than signing your name as fast as you can. This is not legal advice, talk to your lawyer for that. This is just things to think about before you sign.
How long is the contract? You may not be happy with the length in the long run. Two years is a long time when the publisher isn't doing promotion on your book. Seven years is an eternity. You could get an undergraduate and graduate degree in that amount of time.
Once you figure out how long your contract is, investigate what the terms are for ending your contract. When you figure that out, put an entry on your calendar a few weeks before the time to terminate so you don't miss it. And if the publisher changes the publication date on you, guess what, they've changed the termination date too. I missed one because of that.
Who has the rights to do the Audiobook? Once you sign away your right to do audiobooks, guess what? You have no real say in who gets hired to record your book. That means they could choose someone totally wrong. If you have no desire to produce your own audio book then ignore those rights, but if you might want to do audio then don't let the publisher have those rights. You might be asking how much doing an audiobook costs. For a 50,000 word book it will be around $1250 to $1700 depending on the price per hour the narrator is charging. So keep that in mind too.
Most publishers are not going to advertise your book. You need to be realistic about how many copies are going to sell without any advertisement. If you have one book out, it probably isn't going to break sales records. Your book might be the next big thing, but it could be a flop. Understand the limitations of the publisher you are going with and the reason why you think you need a publisher.
Here are a couple of articles that touch on other information.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Limelight is out!

Limelight is out now at Amazon!

Some dream of fame and fortune, but it isn't always everything one might think it will be. It doesn't matter what entertainment industry you're in, you have to sacrifice, and when it comes to love, well that brings on a million other issues. 

Inside you'll find three stories about men in the limelight. They worked hard to gain the fame they've found, but in doing so, they all have longed for one thing — Love. Some things might come easy for these men, but when it comes to sharing their hearts, things are never simple and either are the men they desire.

Time Gone By by E.M. Leya

Jon is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. The fame and fortune he has is like nothing he ever imagined, but he left behind the only man he'd ever loved to achieve it. 

Wyatt thought he'd put the past behind him and moved on, focusing on his career as he hides the truth about himself from those who are closest to him. Why should he risk his family and friends with being honest when his only reason left town six years ago? 

When fate throws the two men together again, they are forced to confront things from the past that they both don't want to admit, but the passion and desire for each other is stronger than ever, proving that no matter how much time has gone by, the heart knows what it wants.

Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris by H.L. Holston & Eleanor Bruce

Dante Moretti has a big problem. His acting career has hit the skids and he's desperate to land the lead role in the next Hollywood blockbuster. It’s his last chance to get back on the superstar track.

But, his personal life is a train wreck. No sane director will work with him any longer. Solution? Bribe his best friend and former co-star, Chris Parker to play the role of his long-term boyfriend. Showing the world he’s in a committed relationship will hopefully convince casting agents he’s reformed, stable and trustworthy.

Even if it’s a lie.

What Dante doesn’t count on is the public’s reaction to the announcement that Chris and he are a couple…and his own feelings for Chris spiraling out of control. 

Under the merciless cameras of the paparazzi, Dante is forced to choose--his leading man status or the man he thought was just his best friend. Who ever thought that pretending to be in love would be this hard?

Center Stage by Sara York

Country music is Slade Pepper’s first love and he can’t walk away from the stage, but being gay and in country music doesn’t allow him to have a personal life. Slade takes the month off to decompress and search his soul. He meets Corbin Branford and can’t say no to a passion filled night. One night turns into more, but Corbin has no idea who Slade is, and Slade tries to keep it that way...until a fan blows his cover. Corbin is angry enough to leave, but Slade Pepper won’t give up without a fight.

Pick up Limelight at Amazon!