Illustrators, commerical artists, stock photographers, game art developers, and book cover designers are eyeing the dramatic debut of AI art with considerable alarm. Is the pushbutton simplicity of artificial intelligence about to replace professional artists?
As the old year comes to a close and we peek cautiously around the corner at the new year, the world tends to slow down a bit for a sip of rum or holiday eggnog. For me, this is the perfect time to take stock of my projects and prospects. It's become a yearly ritual for me, and I enthusiastically recommend it.
A famous publisher wants to publish your book? Not so fast. Scams about in the publishing industry, and that email may not be what it seems. Learn how to identify the fakes.
Recovering from a failed publishing experience is not only possible, it's far easier than most suspect. And it's an opportunity for authors to republish their book more professionally and profitably than before.
The most vital obligation a publisher has is to provide timely and accurate statements, and to pay royalties without delay. The Watchdog Desk has received multiple complaints about late or missing statements from Adelaide Books. In several instances, authors stated that no payment was ever received.
A perennial problem for indie authors is the interplay between Amazon and IngramSpark, where POD titles by Ingram are marked on Amazon as requiring days, weeks, or even months for fulfillment; or they are shown as "out of stock" entirely. Today, John Doppler ALLi's Watchdog and Adam Croft, discuss the issue of Amazon and IngramSpark delays.
Prolific spammer Pearson Media Group boasts of their expertise and connections, but like much about the company, these claims ring false.
It's no coincidence that nondisclosure clauses in publishers' terms and conditions protect the elements most likely to be cited in complaints.
ALLi's Watchdog Desk contrasts ACX and Audible with six rival audiobook distribution services — Author's Republic, Findaway Voices, Kobo Writing Life, Lantern, PublishDrive, and Soundwise — to explore options for authors who wish to reach a wider audience beyond Amazon's walls.
Waldorf Publishing's worrying decline is compounded by its attempts to extract money and dubious legal concessions from its authors.
These terms are common enough to escape an indie author's notice, but can lead to costly misunderstandings — or deliberate deception.
Audible's Easy Exchange program has turned the platform into a lending library, funded with royalties seized from authors.