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How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

Is there a practical, effective way to prevent this IP theft? Yes. As someone who has pirated countless books, I might give you some insight into my frame of mind. There's a very simple way you can ...
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How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

There is probably no stopping of file sharing in the modern world. But there is a chance we can make it cool to be backer and investor, sponsor and patron. Patreon, flattr, kickstarter, indiegogo ...
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How overcome the budget constraint while building a fiction writing career?

My advice is to ignore the people that advocate writing a book in one month, or two, or three. Even with no other duties, it takes me at least six months to finish my fifth draft of a book, and I may ...
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How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

If you want people to be honest, make it easy for them to do so. Eighteen years ago, there was a hugely popular computer program called "Napster". It let people share their music collections with ...
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Do I have to pay royalties if I include excerpts from other works?

You sign a contract with the copyright owner. The contract specifies the arrangement. Permission to use the quote in your work. Permission to use the quote in derivative works (electronic, ...
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Can I make money from short fiction?

Almost certainly no. But the positive thing is: the answer was always “almost certainly no.” Most fiction writers in any era did not make any money. Even the greats often worked day jobs and still ...
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Reasonable income expectations from fiction book sales only

The range is enormous, but the average income for published authors is spectacularly low—around $500 a year. No missing zero. Five hundred. The tiny minority who hit the bestseller lists will do ...
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Is a professional editor worth the cost?

I can't quite answer your point directly because I wouldn't dream of publishing without three rounds of edits: developmental, copy, and proof. But this is a personal preference and the answer depends ...
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How do you get paid for getting your book published?

Those are basically two of the most common options, yes. Below are the ones that I know: Fee: This is typical for articles, short stories and poems submitted to magazines (when there is payment ...
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How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

As a blog author and publisher and open source programmer, I feel even more exposed to "IP theft". But "IP theft" does not exist for me when I write or publish program source codes, even though I ...
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As an author, how can you ensure that your agent/publisher isn’t ripping you off by pocketing your money and giving you false info about sales?

How can you be sure your employer is telling the truth when she says there's no money for bonuses this year? Or your local farmer's market farmer who says the early rain messed with the harvest and ...
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How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

It is sad but true that without strict enforcement of anti-piracy laws, and in the absence of broad cultural perceptions that consider the act of acquiring and reading a pirated ebook as either ...
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Do writers need a business bank account?

First, I am not a business lawyer, or tax attorney. The following are my understandings from being in business, do not rely on this as legal advice, and you should consult with a business lawyer or ...
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Royalty rate for edition of estate-held text

Normally the royalty rate you find online are calculated on the cover price, so 40% is very high. The "reasonable range" is more line 10-25% with 15% being the most common. (25% for ebook, where ...
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Pay rate and terms for writing book series under contract

It's unclear if these books are ebook only, print only or both. If it's an ebook, then that's not a bad deal at all (especially if you are interested in the topic). The 600 is basically an advance....
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How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?

Traditional publishing pays the author about $1 per hardback and $.50 on each paperback sale. Midlist authors usually get advances in the $10,000 range for a first run hardback. With the goal to make ...
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Is there enough money in writing for me to quit my dead end job?

I quit a job at one point to write full-time, and ended up writing far less when I had more time. Since then, my general advice to anyone is to establish the new career BEFORE leaving the old one. ...
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Can you sell a book for money while having it published online for free?

The Kindle Direct Publishing contract says that you will not make your book available elsewhere for a lower price. So if your book is available on a web site for free, you can't sell it for more than $...
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How to prevent ebook piracy from stealing your livelihood?

I've been giving this some thought, and while I don't have a complete answer to this problem here are my current thoughts as a fellow IP creator (different industry, same problem): Bear in mind that ...
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How overcome the budget constraint while building a fiction writing career?

One way to build your "list" is to contribute shorter works to anthologies -- someone may buy(borrow) the book because of interest in the topic/prompt OR because they know one writer in it (Peter ...
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Comics marketing: focus on issues or collections?

individual issues 50¢ eBook ~ $2 printed book in stores ~ $5 direct sale ~ $7+ I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but starting with observations. Your marketing should focus on the one type of ...
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Is a professional editor worth the cost?

I hired an editor in my early days as a comic book scripter, and I think she was absolutely invaluable in helping me learn the basics of the form I was writing in. If you're breaking into the script ...
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How much should I pay the copyright holder for the right to translate a book and sell copies?

After reading the edits and clarifications and other answers, my suggestion is that you approach this in a similar way to publishing a book in general. Offer royalties on sales of the book plus an ...
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Traditional vs. Self Publishing... Show me the Money?

Check out Author Earnings. There are lots of debates about the collection, meaning, and significance of the data, but there's plenty of data.
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Traditional vs. Self Publishing... Show me the Money?

It's very difficult to have hard answers for questions like this because there are way too many variables. "Traditional" publishing is not a monolith - there's a lot of difference between publishing ...
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How Much $ For Advances?

Unfortunately, there isn't an exact answer. It depends on so many things: your agent, your publisher, your book, etc. Some people are getting $500 advances. Others get seven digit advances. It depends ...
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How should book credit and profit be given for an individual editor?

Yes, these family collaborations are fraught with dangers, as you can imagine. There's nothing wrong with having a family member do the editing if the person is qualified and agreeable. I have dealt ...

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