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Special Alert Blast 11-13-2013
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HarperCollins & Scribd: Every Sale Counts as One eBook Sale

Last month, HarperCollins announced a subscription partnership with Scribd for HC backlist titles. As an agent, my question is how will my author be paid.¬†After several discussions with folks at HC, here’s what we’ve discovered so far.

HarperCollins is not separating Scribd sales from other regular eBook sales. Each time a Scribd subscriber browses more than 20% of the book, Scribd buys the ebook at the current price. It is counted as one eBook sale, and the author will then receive the standard royalty of 25% of net amounts received by the Publisher for that sale. Scribd’s subscription-service ebook sales will not show up as a separate line item on authors’ royalty statements from HarperCollins.

Because such sales count as standard ebook sales (for now), the electronic-book royalty clause in authors’ ¬†contracts covers this.

This type of situation, plus an in-depth discussion of other contract clauses that are impacting publishing (both traditional and indie digital publishing), is EXACTLY what I’m covering in tonight’s webinar (November 13) at 6:00 p.m. mountain-standard time. Savvy writers won’t want to miss it!


The Nitty-Gritty:

How Digital Is Transforming the Publishing Landscape

Join us Tonight! Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6:00-7:30 PM MT

Agent Kristin Nelson is getting down to the nitty-gritty by sharing actual publishing contract clauses, how they are changing, and what might restrict an author from exploring traditional publishing, hybrid publishing, indie publishing, or all of the above.

This rare workshop is guaranteed to help writers become publishing-contract savvy as digital transforms the publishing industry.

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