Yearly Archives: 2010

What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Royalty Payment

What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Royalty Payment

If you elect to publish with a traditional publisher, you will be paid in the form of a Royalty. Rates vary on the publisher, type of book … the deal that you agree to. There are standards and in most cases, they’ve been around a long time—as in decades.

Royalty rates are calculated either on the retail (or cover) price of the book, or on the net price which is the price at which the publisher sells to the retailer (usually around 50% off).

In the past, the major New York publishers always paid royalties based on the cover price. Judith’s 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Russell, warned her students not to use the words “always” and “never.” As the case is here. Gradually, we are seeing NY publishers shift to the net price … meaning that the Royalty is basically cut in half. Royalties can be negotiated … so if a publisher says this is what they pay … your response is … maybe.

Fed Up with Being Felt Up

Fed Up with Being Felt Up

Frankly, I don’t want anyone feeling me up and down unless I invite them to do it. Does TSA have a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy like the Military in its hiring? Could there be stalking and undercover men and women enjoying this new opportunity? With the full ankle to crotch “feels,” how do the guys like it as the hand moves up to the base of the crotch, touching their dangling parts? Hmmm, has one of the TSA male agents ever wanted to say, “Cough”?

Why has Congress approved this outrageous, personally humiliating “search” that screams sexual harassment? I was told by the TSA supervisor in Phoenix that Congress approved the new procedure. We have laws against inappropriate behavior. I want to know which members voted for it. Where is the ALCU in its outrage on the assault of the innocent flyer? How about the ABA? Why aren’t the airlines shouting, “enough of this nonsense”? Is this why TSA agents now where blue uniforms similar to what many cops have worn, so they look more “official/threatening”? If men and women are opting for the “private” screening, are their two agents there vs. one?—after all, I didn’t sign anything that I gave written permission to have my body touched and handled.

It’s time to join the movement on Facebook: TSA-I’m Fed Up with Being Felt Up