Put it down to being a bird-brain. When I woke at 5 this morning I realised it was Tuesday, here, and I had let real life (TM) distract me from the reality of Monday and posting. Partly that’s down to the distraction of my cousins from Brittany (and you wondered why Manfred came from Brittany?) visiting, and partly it is the infamous problem of so many authors suffer from called ‘worrying about money’. It’s not a problem I ought to have, as I do my best to live so far out of the real economy as possible, but still some things need paying for. I’ve been paid on time by Smashwords, Amazon, Naked Reader, Baen (in December,for the six months ended in June – as almost all publishers do. Oddly most creditors find my paying 6 months later difficult). I’m still waiting on turn-in for another publisher – money I had relied on being not more than two months late. I gather there are other publishing houses who are being even slower, to the maybe they won’t pay at all stakes. Now, I appreciate the fact that Borders crashing has made things difficult, but really, that was one everyone saw coming. I also appreciate the fact that particularly the small publishers often get paid last by bookstores and chains. BUT as these companies all sell through Amazon (who pay on time), and have the potential to sell off their own websites (really this is quite elementary, not a challenge), which is something cheap and effective few have bothered to do. The trouble – for the likes of me – is that authors are the tail end of the ‘need to be paid’ list.
Which is all very well, but when you’re competing directly for authors and sales to readers with the companies who do pay timeously (and getting your money from them, on time) it makes it really difficult for your authors to have a lot of sympathy when you gripe about Amazon. The financial area is as much of a rub in publishing as it is in marriage. Don’t tell me that makes me a lit’ry hooker, ’cause I already know that. 🙂
On other news Eric and I are going to benefit from a de facto situation, and change our e-books up there to Amazon select. Which means if you watch them… they’ll be free, from time to time.