Many years ago, writer Jim Macdonald postulated “Yog’s Law,” a handy rule of thumb for writers about the direction money is meant to flow in publishing:
“Money flows toward the writer.”
This is handy because it will give the writer pause when she has a publisher (or agent, or editor) who says that in order to get published, the author needs to lay out some cash up front, and to that publisher/agent/editor. The author can step back, say, huh, this is not how Yog’s Law says it’s supposed to go, and then surmise, generally correctly, that the publisher/agent/editor in question is a scam artist and that she should run away as fast as her feet will carry her.
But does Yog’s Law apply in an age where many writers — and some even successfully — are self-publishing via digital? In self-publishing, authors are on the financial hook for the…
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The writer is now also the publisher.
Agreed. At least they can be now. BTW, did you hire an editor for your book? (I ask because it seems well edited.)
My wife read it for me (she’s also a self-published author) and I also gave it to a trusted friend to read. Thanks for your kind words. Are you reading it now?
I am, and you’re welcome. Enjoying it! My time for actual reading is limited so it’s slow going. (I’ve been listening to most of my books lately.)