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Wednesday News: S&S offers AuthorSolutions Self Publishing Packages; Amazon sales in...

Fees to participate in Archway vary according to different packages, but in general have the following ranges: Fiction: $1,999 – $14,999; Nonfiction: $1,999 – $14,999; Business: $2,199 – $24,999; and Children’s: $1,599 – $8,499.

The VAT in the UK on ebooks is 20%. Amazon’s UK sales are as follows: The table shows that in 2011, Amazon¹s UK website generated £2.91bn in sales, paying £416m in UK VAT. Those sales were an increase of 23.3% from 2010, where it made £2.36bn in revenue, paying £262m in VAT. In 2009, Amazon made £1.87bn in sales and paid £172m in VAT.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Nadia Lee
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 05:00:21

    Except S&S’s deal is actually more vanity than self-publishing.

    You pay for everything, they control everything, and you have to split the money 50/50. How is that “self-publishing”? O_o

    As for the photo essay — I was surprised by the level of poverty in the final one, esp. because it featured an American child. But I wasn’t surprised by the level of poverty in some of the other countries because I saw it when I went to Thailand for honeymoon. Though a lot of places we went to were “touristy” areas, there were signs of serious poverty.

  2. coribo25
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 05:45:42

    Am I allowed to laugh at Simon and Schuster’s desperation? Click that link and the first commenter on that article said it all.

  3. Lisa Charlotte
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 07:39:04

    I linked through to the photo essay. According to a thread in the comments this photo essay is about 5 years old and consists of 20+ images. Also, the claim is that the photographer did not provide the biographical background info on the photos which makes me very suspicious of Mother Jones’ intent. Off to Google fu to see if I can find more info.

  4. Carin
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 07:39:10

    Thanks for the link to the photo essay on kids’ bedrooms. Very thought provoking!

  5. Tina
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 08:23:49

    I saw the ‘Where Children Sleep’ come across my twitter feed from Roger Ebert a few days ago. So I actually looked into it. It is actually a book of 56 total images. The book was designed as an empathy project directed to 9-13 year old so they can see how other kids their ages live around the world and to introduce them visually to the ideas of poverty v. privilege in a way that a parent saying “kids from China would love to have that pork chop. Now EAT!” wouldn’t necessarily resonate . But the photo essay was also supposed to speak to adults about human rights.

    The images that Mother Jones show seem to be cherry picked to show the most despairing. But the whole essay is really quite wide ranging. There is one Japanese kid’s room that was so minimalist and serene I wanted to immediately go there and relax.

  6. Jen
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 08:41:46

    Lisa, what are you implying? That Mother Jones created fake lives for the children pictured? That’s pretty ludicrous.

    And what do you find suspicious about the fact that the book came out a few years ago and included more images? If you click through from the article to the photographer’s website you can see all of the photos. Not exactly hidden.

    If seeing the truth about the lives of children around the world (including the USA) is disturbing, good. That’s the point. No conspiracy-theory required.

  7. hapax
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 08:53:49

    re: online language learning

    Okay, I am once again going to climb up on my soapbox and shout: CHECK YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY!

    Many, many libraries (include my hometown and the one I work at) offer sophisticated online language courses, English as a second language, language courses specifically tailored for children, etc. etc. etc., absolutely free to anyone with a library card. Right now we are offering over eighty languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu.

    I know that many libraries cannot afford these resources. But if yours does, your tax dollars are already paying for top quality resources; why waste your time with second-rate sites?

  8. Isobel Carr
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 09:14:40

    Archway and Author Solutions are complete scams a la Publish America. Penguin and S&S should be ashamed of themselves. For what they’re charging, I can get everything done that they offer AND pay for developmental edits from someone like Sarah Frantz (1.5 cents a word) and copy edits from a pro ($35/hour).

  9. Jane
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 09:14:50

    @Tina: That’s true but I think that even in the U.S. children make up at least 50% of the individuals living in poverty. I would guess that it is a pretty conservative world wide estimate.

  10. Ann Somerville
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 21:40:58

    @Nadia Lee:

    Except S&S’s deal is actually more vanity than self-publishing.

    You pay for everything, they control everything, and you have to split the money 50/50. How is that “self-publishing”? O_o

    Your blog post about the S&S move should be required reading for all would be authors.

    If they’re not providing editing or cover design, they’re providing nothing of value. Cost to me of self-pubbing a book? $60 for site hosting and $17 for domain registration (those costs are shared across all books of course), nothing for formatting or uploading, nothing for editing (sadly), and $5 for cover photos.

    Even if you went for the most expensive editor I know of for the average length novel, you’d be looking at no more than $1000-$1500, and you’d get a lot more value from them than from this Simon & Schuster scam.

    A fool and their money, etc, etc.

  11. Kris Bock
    Dec 02, 2012 @ 16:49:23

    Here’s a blog post from Andrew E. Kaufman on Simon & Schuster’s new self-publishing imprint. His numbers appear to be correct based on a quick look around the Archway site. It’s fairly horrifying.

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