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The Truth About Your Book Publishing Deal

  If the bookstore sells them – the publishing house get paid money.  If the bookstore doesn’t sell them- they can return all the books if it’s ok to hold the books for several months and then send them back. Archaic? You bet. And still, the vast majority of New York houses embrace the model; and authors scramble to enter into these medieval contracts for the “prestige” of being “under contract.” Authors literally give their rights and souls away for the “honor” of being published by a “real” publisher. Here’s the truth: it’s very, very difficult to get a deal that has any bones to it today. For every Tim Ferris breakout (The Four-Hour Work Week), there are 10,000 wannabes that have books fall on their written faces. Unless you, dear author, land in the top five percent, your big time publishing experience will most likely be one big time let down, sucking wind. Deals are hard to come by; every major publisher is downsizing and editors are downright fearful. We suggest you breathe deeply and consider …