Money Flows To The Writer

I came across this bit of advice via Neil Gaiman’s tumblr and had to share. Because sometimes as writers with the dream of being published, our dream can cloud our better judgement.

Here is the main bit I thought was important you all see:

Yog’s Law:

Money flows towards the writer.

Pretty simple, right?
That’s all. All writers should remember it.

When a commercial publisher contracts a book, it will pay an advance against royalties to the writer. Money flows towards the writer.

Literary agents make their living by charging a commission of between 10 and 20% on the sales that they make on behalf of their clients, the writers. When advances and royalties are paid by a publisher the agent’s percentage is filtered off in the direction of the writer’s agent but the bulk of the money still flows towards the writer.

If a publisher ever asks for any sort of financial contribution from a writer, they’re trying to divert money away from the writer, in direct contravention of Yog’s Law.

If an agent ever asks for up-front fees, regardless of what they call them (reading fees, administration costs, processing fees, or retainers), then they are trying to divert money away from the writer, in direct contravention of Yog’s Law.

It’s a brilliantly simple rule. We should thank James D Macdonald for it in the best way there is. Buy his books


I finished reading Mockingjay yesterday. I found it brutal and honest, and a story that will stay with me for a long time. I feel there are those that still haven’t read these books, so I won’t spoil anything. However, I will say there are moments in this book, twists, that were deliciously surprising. Moments I geeked out about, as a writer.

Here is my favorite quote from the book:

“I no longer feel allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despite being one myself. I think that Peeta was onto something about us destroying one another and letting some decent species take over. Because something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children’s lives to settle its differences. You can spin it any way you like…but in the end, who does it benefit? No one. The truth is, it benefits no one to live in a world where these things happen.”

Free Comic Book Day May 5th, 2012

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged here. Not much is new on the writing front.

Anyway, it would be wrong of me if I didn’t mention that this Saturday, May 5th, 2012 is Free Comic Book Day nationwide. What is Free Comic Book Day? Well, you find a comic book store, go inside, and get a bunch of comic books. For free. It is awesome.

I will be attending Free Comic Book Day at my local comic book shop, The Comic Swap. I have been buying my comic books there since I was a little kid (as early as 1986). Back then they were called The Book Swap and featured used books as well as comic books. It’s one of the best places on Earth, frankly.

Click here for a list of the books that will be available for free at your local comic book shop. I plan on picking up a bunch, including Star Wars, Transformers, Smurfs, Top Shelf Kids Club (Owly and Johnny Boo!), as well as others.