IWSG JULY 1: Industry Changes

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.    

QUESTION: There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?
The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox! 
MY ANSWER is more current day than of the future:
Does your compensation and reward depend on a contract?
Many of us create from a deep unstoppable desire to express. Regardless of reward. As a result, many are taken advantage of. In the past an artist required patrons for support and to promote their work. Publishers were required to presented and sell books. Now days self-publishing has gained respect and working for many. These arrangements required a contract of one kind or another.
Now Covid-19 has entered the picture. What’s the connection? Our shrinking economy has caused some publishing companies to shutter their doors. Where does that leave us, the writer? What are the terms of our contracts? Do we still retain the rights to our work? Or did our rights expire with the company? What happened to our royalties; lost in bankruptcy proceedings?
I suggest those of us with contracts to look at them. Read them. Renegotiate if necessary.  Just as we are driven to express, we must divert some of that same desire to protect our-self interests.

12 thoughts on “IWSG JULY 1: Industry Changes

  1. I’m okay, but you’re right there are so many who aren’t. We can only hope that after the smoke settles, things become better than they ever were. It’s about identity, I think. We need to become better versions of ourselves.

    1. Hi Joy,
      Hopefully, like fine wine we improve as we age.
      Please accept my apologies for my late reply.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comment.

    1. Hi Alex,
      Unfortunately if a publisher goes under, others are dragged down, too. As i the case in all businesses that fail. Challenging times.
      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

  2. Hi,
    I don’t have a book out yet. I hope to have one out by the end of next year but I believe artists, no matter whether they are painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, singers, etc. have always had it difficult to get recognition for their works. It is a fact that the cultural aspects of life have been underplayed and underpaid.
    I hope you are well. Take care.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat,
      My grandfather, Grandville Redmond (1871-1935), was painter and he relied on patrons to support and promote his work.
      During Renaissance period (15th century), patrons made it possible for the artist to create fine art.
      I believe artists are driven to create and express. And they need to survive.
      Most of us need to do something in exchange for cash.
      I’m not sure where I’m going with my comment. Guess I needed to express my thought.
      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thought provoking comment.
      Please accept my apologies for my tardy reply.

  3. When a publishing company goes under, they should explain to their authors what’s going to happen next, and all rights should be reverted back to the author. They should also pay out any royalties. Those companies who tried to close without paying royalties got hit big time when that was found out, and they were forced to pay, as they should have.

    1. Hi Chrys,
      Thank you for your comment. It’s good to know these companies were forced to pay. I’m sure we agree, we must understand the terms of our contract. Ain’t easy to create and manage at the same time.
      I apologize for my late reply.

  4. I don’t have a book out yet, but you bring up some good points. It’s always good to know exactly what’s in your contract, because writers are always getting the short end of things.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts today! Happy ISWG!

    1. Hi Jenni,
      Welcome to my blog. It’s a pleasure to meet you and thank you for co-hosting IWSG this month. I apologize for my late reply.

  5. Yes, it’s sad that there is so much uncertainty for authors who have contracts with small publishers. It is also affecting publication dates and future contracts for authors working with all publishers.

    1. Hi Natalie,
      Most writers I’ve met love writing and resist marketing. The thrill of finally seeing their work in print makes the effort worth it. Now a new uncertainty. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. Thank you for stopping by and I apologize for taking almost two weeks to reply!

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