Saturday, March 12, 2011

Brag Time


Well, it's time to toot my horn a little. I always say that you really know you are getting a book published when you are holding it in your hands.

Yesterday, my new book arrived in the mail! It's called Eliza's Cherry Trees: Japan's Gift To America. This is really a good example of believing in your project, and persistence, paying off. I was determined to get Eliza's story told, and it worked.

I'm going to be in Washington, D.C. for the National Cherry Blossom Festival April 7th-10th. I'll be at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (that's the glorious place that has things like Dorothy's Wizard of Oz ruby slippers and George Washington's actual Revolutionary War tent) signing books, as well as several other places. Whoopee!

Learn more about Eliza on the website I made for the book, here. She's a great model of persistence.

Monday, March 7, 2011

E-Book Royalties


We all need to know more about contract terms, which, of course, can be a little dizzying. There's an article from the Author's Guild, here, about e-book rights to help us understand this important area. A sample:

"E-book royalty rates for major trade publishers have coalesced, for the moment, at 25% of the publisher’s receipts. As we’ve pointed out previously, this is contrary to longstanding tradition in trade book publishing, in which authors and publishers effectively split the net proceeds of book sales..."