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whiterose-blackrose  asked:

Austisic!Peter and MJ. MJ knows Peter's autistic because of all the subtle things he does. Like, she's super observant and stuff so she knows when he's getting overstimulated or when he needs something to stim with. She doesn't mention it, but she has a shit ton of stim toys and super soft pieces of fabric in her bag (under all the books to kinda hide them). I love the idea that she knows he's Spiderman and she always gives Spider-Man something to stim with if she sees him.

the first time mj notices it is during their sophomore year of high school, when she’s watching him during band practice. she watches everyone, sometimes to draw them, sometimes so she can mimic them, sometimes just bc she feels like it. but she likes watching peter the most. he makes her head calm down a bit, like how it does when she listens to music or when she opens a brand new hardcover book.

he’s sitting there holding his triangle (what a nerd, who plays the triangle) looking focused on when exactly he should ring it. he’s tense all the time lately, and he’s always pulling ned aside to talk about “big bird” whoever that is. but then suddenly flash comes up behind him and plays the trumpet directly into peter’s ear. anyone would jump at that, and peter definitely jumps. but what catches mj’s eye is what happens when everyone is laughing, when peter sits down and people kind of stop focusing on him. he drops his triangle down and shakes out his wrist, he quickly hits his hand to the side of his head and closes his eyes really tightly.

it’s a familiar thing to look at. mj doesn’t hit herself, but she gets that urge sometimes when she’s trying to keep her meltdown at bay. when she can feel the sensory overload and the overstimulation trying to take her over and she wants to push it back down, and sometimes she’ll feel herself wanting to physically hit it.

she goes back to reading, but she only really begins paying attention to the plot of the book once peter appeared to calm down. then she felt calm again too. before they go she slips one of her stim toys into peter’s bag when he’s up putting away the triangle, and she doesn’t say anything when she sees him quietly playing with it the next day.

the second time she notices is late into their sophomore year towards the beginning of summer vacation. peter is sitting on the subway after class, probably on his way home. he’s seemed happier lately, it radiates off of him. apparently he got his stark internship back, and he’s even regularly coming to decathlon practice again. mj tells herself that she only cares about his decathlon attendance, she is the captain after all.

mj is sat behind him on the subway and she hears him muttering to himself. again, this is normal for anybody to do. but he’s writing in his notebook, and he’s making funny sounds. she peers over his shoulder and sees a bunch of formulas and spider doodles and science jargon and then leans back into her seat.

peter loves science. LOVES science. everybody knows that. they all go to a science school, but peter’s the only one she really knows who actually gets dreamy eyes when he talks about astrophysics and chemistry, and he can talk about it for hours. literally, hours. and right now it’s clear that his love for science is standing strong, he’s in his own little world right now. mj can hear him making happy squeaks and it feels familiar.

when she finds herself delighted she usually makes noises, happy trills and squeaks. neurotypical people give her funny looks when that happens, it’s annoying and rains on her parade. it isn’t as if she can even help it, and she doesn’t understand why it’s so weird. she tries to keep those noises in, but they still come out when she reads a particularly good passage in a book. and that seems to be what’s happening to peter. his shoulders tense everytime a happy warbled squeak comes out, and he begins scribbling more furiously into his notepad

he looks over his shoulder to see if anyone’s heard him and then startles when he sees mj sitting there. she raises her eyebrow at him and he blushes and turns around, and she can see him begin to bounce slightly in his seat.

mj goes back to reading but in the back of her head she feels things popping up. spider doodles in peter’s notebook. talking about a big bird with ned. dropping out of all his extracurricular besides decathlon. the whole incident in washington DC. she doesn’t know why she’s thinking about it, or why she knows that it’s all related. or even how she knows it’s related. she just chooses to read instead. if she slips another stim toy into peter’s bag, well, that’s out of her control.

the third time mj notices is during the summer. and it isn’t really with peter, at least not the peter he wants her to know about.

she’s at a small shop at around eleven at night, dressed in pajamas with her bag slung over her shoulder and a pack of hot cheetos in her hand. and then suddenly the shop is being robbed, and a gun is being pointed at her face. and her mind disconnects. her head is equal parts chaos and calm, thoughts are rushing around her brain but they’re going so quickly that it almost feels as if there are none. of course this is how she’s gonna die. of course she’s gonna fucking die in a corner shop at 11:07 pm in her flannel pajamas all because she wanted a bag of hot cheetos. of course that’s –

“you and i have to stop meeting like this,” peter chimes in, swinging into the shop and kicking the robber in the face. the gun falls onto the floor. “oh, my bad, you aren’t the criminal i thought you were. you guys really need to stop wearing masks, i can’t tell you apart.”

but oh wait. that isn’t peter. that’s spider-man. but that’s definitely peter’s voice. huh.

mj breaks herself out of her head and runs towards the gun on the ground just as the robber reaches for it, and she stomps onto his hand before he can grab it. the guy screams and mj just shoves her boot harder onto his hand.

“we make a great team!” spider-man cheers, shooting some webbing onto the guy’s legs

a few quips and thwips later and the robber is being seated into the back of a cop car. mj is sitting on the curb of the sidewalk munching away on some hot cheetos. and spider-man is walking up to her.

“you okay?” he asked, voice strained tightly.

“mhm,” mj hums. she’s pretty sure that she’s okay. time will tell. “are you?”

spidey startles. “of course i am, it’s my job, i love this stuff!”

“just because it’s your job, and just because you like it, doesn’t mean you’re okay.”

spidey kind of shrugs at that and sits down next to her on the curb. “i’m okay, just a bit shook up. he had a gun pointed at your head.”

“yeah,” mj sighs. “want a cheeto?”

they sit in a comfortable silence while they share the bag of cheetos, neither really wanting to talk but neither really wanting to leave each other. mj notices that spidey keeps shaking out his wrist, keeps bringing his hand up to his face to tap harshly at the lenses of his mask. she reaches into her bag.

“here,” she says, shoving a stim toy into his hand. “this one can be chewed on and pulled apart, it’s really neat. don’t worry, i haven’t chewed on it at all so you’re good to go.”

spidey gawks at her, mouth falling open. his lips are really red from the snacks. “um…. thanks. do you give these to everyone?”

mj pops another cheeto into her mouth and chews quickly. “nah, just you.”

spidey leans against her side and begins to aggressively pull on the toy. “thanks, mj.”

she decides not to point out that she never gave him her name.

I grew up in a house filled with books.

A lot of them stood there for a long time, patiently waiting for me, before I finally read them. Watership Down was one of them; The Silmarillion was another. It had always stood there, on my mother’s Tolkien shelf, probably the first German edition of it (which is extremely strange, as the entire rest of my mother’s Tolkien shelf was in English). I can’t remember the conversation that must have happened, but since I took so long for me to read it and my mother doesn’t like it, it’s clear that I asked her what it was and if it might be relevant to my interests, and she answered that it was cumbersome and confusing and not like the Lord of the Rings at all. So it remained there until I was sixteen, sullen in its brown fabric cover (the dustjacket had been lost for as long as I can remember; I wonder what it looked like).

When I was sixteen, I went to a new school, where I encountered my first real fellow nerds. They read Fantasy books, and they role-played. I had never heard of RPGs, but they introduced me to them, and I took to them like a house on fire. We played MERP (Middle-earth Role-Playing), and the Gamemaster had never read any Tolkien, and a fellow gamer and I constantly reminded him of it. That fellow gamer did something I was not used to: He kept bringing up Tolkien lore I had never heard about. I had grown up on Tolkien. It was inconceivable that anyone should outquote me. I asked him how he knew all these things, and he told me it was all in the Silmarillion.

So I took out the brown hardcover from my mother’s bookshelf and read it in one go.

I distinctly remember that first reading. It was reading for knowledge, not for pleasure. I kept making notes of things to make use of in RPGs, and struggled with all the names. Some stories touched me (Maedhros was already one of them) but I remember feeling that I was missing something essential.

I reread it, almost as soon as I had finished it. This book had something to say to me, and I had missed it the first time around. I wanted to find it. I wrote down excerpts and lists of Valar and Elves.

Then the English version fell into my hands, and I was blown away, and remain so.

The German version is cumbersome, and bone-dry. In retrospect, it’s surprising I ever got through it. The English one is like music. It’s a composition that has been honed for so long that its language feels effortless and virtuoso. Beneath a single line, a single paragraph of text,  there are whole worlds to be found. This is what amazes me every time I talk about the Silmarillion with others: Tolkien hardly characterises. His characters have very little dialogue. And yet the tiny bits that are there on paper resonate with everyone in the same way.

It took Tolkien a lifetime to write, and I’m happy to spend a lifetime reading it.

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I made it through Inktober! I’m so proud of myself!

shy-badger  asked:

"Pfft. I'm not jealous." But it's raven who is jealous please :D

I feel like my motto should be: better late than never. Anyways, I sort of already wrote a jealousy prompt, so forgive me but I took some liberties with this prompt. :P


Her ears pricked up – an unusual phenomenon. She’d read about it in books, noticed it when Beast Boy was on high alert as Robin would order. However, not once could she have fathomed the concept when applied to her reality.

Yet, there she was – her ears keen and ready, her mind distracted. The book she held in her arms was forgotten temporarily. The adventure was paused, and she couldn’t recall the most recent paragraph she’d consumed only moments prior. Raven would have to go back to read it, she knew, but for the time being, she had something else to think on.

“So, do you think she’ll ask him out?”

Raven stared at the open pages of her book, the letters and words jumbling together in a blur of ink and paper. She strained to listen to the voices in the common room, all the while telling herself that she shouldn’t even care.  

Why did she care?

Frustrated, she tried to read the paragraph once more, forcing herself to return focus where it mattered.

She was left reeling at the realization that her own mind would betray her. This time, she couldn’t make it past the first sentence.

“You mean, Gar’s oblivious?”

Her fingers, pale and thin, clutched at the edges of the hardcover book until they blanched.

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Title: “The Spooky Truth with Dr. Jones,” (½)

Summary: Emma Swan is a podcaster looking for a semi-interesting story. Dr. Killian Jones is a paranormal investigator who doesn’t believe in the paranormal. Emma Swan absolutely does not want to write this story—but it seems to be writing itself. A CS Black Tapes AU.

Notes: This delightful little AU was 100% inspired by The Black Tapes, a seriously awesome fictional horror podcast that you can listen to for free. Which you should. Right now. I’d like to thank and/or notify a # of awesome people who helped with this: @seastarved @zengoalie @ofshipsandswans @abbadons-little-witch @the-reason-to-sail-home @businesscasualprincess @swanandapirate (who also wrote a podcast AU, so if you like this, you should probably check it out). Also on Ao3.


+ Honestly, the worst thing about this job is the constant threat of, “You have a face too pretty for radio,” every time she has to conduct an interview with some bland fuck-boy that the country has suddenly decided is worth her time. If not for the occasionally tedious subject matter and overeager interviewees, it would be damn near perfect.

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continuing (finally) my OUAT S7 spec fic. this will have at last 4 parts; not sure exactly how many yet, but we’ll see how the ideas flow. I 100% do not expect most of this to happen, but a girl can dream! this chapter: Hooked Queen brotp and Captain Cobra, with a wee bit of Grandpa!Killian

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Lunches with his sister were always more dramatic than they needed to be. To be honest, Killian wasn’t completely sure why he put himself through them so often.

“Seriously, Killian. One date wouldn’t hurt you.”

“The answer is no, Regina; we’ve been over this.”

She sighed. “I know, I know. But she’s really sweet! She teaches the first-graders!”

“That’s fantastic, but I’ll have to pass.”

Regina harrumphed into her salad. They had this conversation literally every week: she wanted to set him up with one of her cute coworkers, and he wanted to be left alone. Out of a nervous habit, he twirled his wedding band with his thumb.

“You know that she wouldn’t want you to be like this,” Regina said quietly, placing her hand over his to stop the nervous fiddling.

“I know,” he admitted, and he did. But the few times he’d tried to go on dates, it just never clicked. Emma had been the only one for him, and it wasn’t fair to another girl to try to fill that void with something unattainable.

“I just worry about you, all alone up there at the bar.”

“I’m not alone; I have my regulars.”

“Customers don’t count as friends, Killian.”

“Since when? They did on Cheers.”

“That was a TV show!”

“I’ll have you know being a bartender is not a role for the introverted. People trust you with their deepest, darkest secrets, and come to you for advice.”

“You’re romanticizing it.”

“You’d know better if you ever stopped by.”

Regina just scoffed and continued eating, so Killian followed suit and bit into his sandwich. His big sister was right that his existence was a bit of a lonely one, but it at least wasn’t boring. He had fond memories to look back on and a livelihood he enjoyed. And he didn’t have false hope, unlike some people he knew, but he’d save that discussion for another day.

Typical Regina, she changed the subject anyway. “When’s the last time you talked to Uncle?”

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shinis-sandbox  asked:

DUDE did you make a physical copy of your fic??? That's so COOL, and also how??? Share your secrets!

I did! I wanted to have it to hold and remind myself that I can make stuff. When its all online its easy to forget, so now its on my desk next to my book of fanart. 

I had to reformat it as a document and what not but it was pretty easy to make it into a hardcover book using Lulu.com 

You can get the cover to be a whole crap ton fancier I just didnt because that wasnt the part that really mattered to me. I would like to do it with all of my major fics eventually and use the covers that people designed for them. 

On the back its written

 “May this serve as a physical reminder of all that you’ve accomplished already and be a symbol of everything you will accomplish still. This story gave you a community and no matter where it goes or how it changes this book will remind you of what it was, as well as what it did for you.

This is not that last time you will hold your own story. It is only a matter of how long you are willing to wait till next time.

This is a story of finding love in the rain.”

COLLEGE: The Dean’s Son [M]

Member: Jungkook | Genre: Smut | Word Count: 2.4k  |  ©

Parts: Teaser | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 [Complete]

Let’s just hope you can get an extension on that paper.

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How I Take Notes: Sources for Thesis Writing

Tools: Post-it Flags, Uni Propus or Mildliner highlighters, Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners, Faber-Castell pencil, and Paper-Mate Ink Joy gel 0.7, Moleskine lined large hardcover notebook

Method: As a headline, I write the text that I am reading and the author.  If I am reading one article/story out of an anthology, then I also write the larger collection and its editors.  This makes it easier when I need to create a citation. If the book is divided into chapters, I make the chapter titles subheadings.  To me, this makes my notes more organized and I can figure out which portion of the book I am talking about.  

While taking notes, sometime I write little blurbs to myself, which I indent and underline using my stablio.  Usually I do this to explore how the text relates to my paper or question how an interesting fact can be used.  Other indentions are used (not underlined) to tell myself to do something in the paper or when the text elaborates on a point and I paraphrase.  I rarely highlight my notes unless I make a note to myself to do something while writing my paper and I don’t want to forget to do the thing.

Within the books themselves, I underline or simply mark in the margins where the section I am using ends and begins.  I use pencil because most of the books I use are library books.  However, if the book is my own, I will use a highlighter.  I also jot down a definition to a word I may not know using a pencil.  I use tabs in places where I know I will be using a direct quote for easy access.

Pro Tip: Always write down page numbers for everything, even if you’re paraphrasing or don’t really feel that you may use that information.  If you write it down, write the page number.  You may not have access to the book or article down the road, or simply don’t want to comb through the entire work to find that one spot you were talking about in your notes.

#bookreadhappyhour June Book Photo Challenge••
Day 4: Books & Sweets••
June Bibliophile Challenge••
Day 4: Hardcover vs Paperback.

Sadly I cannot eat these sweets 😕 but they make great #bookstagram props anyway haha. And perhaps if I were made of money I’d be shouting “HARDCOVERS!” from the very top of my lungs, but as that is not the case I love how much more affordable and easy to lug around paperbacks are. 😊❤️📚

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When you go to Barnes & Noble to buy one(1) book

but there’s a sale

Sherrilyn Kenyon on Intensity’s publication snafu

For those who missed Sherri’s earlier post about Intensity, this should answer a lot of the questions we’ve been getting:

I know a lot of you have been confused recently by the ever-shifting publication date of Intensity. The truth is, so have I. When St. Martin’s first asked if they could move the book from the spring to the fall so that it could be the launch title for their new imprint, I was a little hesitant as I knew fans don’t like change. And I knew that having a bit of a gap in the publishing schedule would upset a large number of you. That extra six months is a big deal. I quickly expressed my concerns to my publisher, and was assured that they’d make it up to the fans by doing a lot of extras for you. More touring, more this and that, and that in the end, the move would be a great one. So I reluctantly agreed.

Then as I was handing in the book, I began getting emails from fans that the book had been moved again. This time to 2020. Naturally, I assumed that was a typo or a system glitch in some computer as we’d most likely not be here for that date, as we are not immortal Dark-Hunters. So we ignored it.

Then the date was changed again to December 2018. This time, I contacted my editor who told me that without consulting me and without my knowledge, the date had indeed been changed for the book. To say I was upset is an understatement. It wasn’t fair to make the fans wait over two years to read the next installment. I tried everything to make them not hold the book to what would realistically be January 2019 before you’d have a chance to read it. They refused. So at great detriment to myself and my family, I bought the book back and have now self-published it so that it would be available to fans by the date I promised, and not the two and a half years after the last book was published that my publisher insisted upon.

My readers and my fans have always and will always come first with me, above all things. Unfortunately, what this means is that Intensity won’t have the wide distribution as the rest of the Nick books. At least not at first. We are working on that. But it is available to be read for those who can’t wait. It will be available as a hardcover within a couple of weeks and I will let you know as soon as that happens. The hardcovers will be available for order through stores such as BN, BAM and Amazon, but won’t be on the shelves, Again, we’ll let you know as soon as that happens. It just takes a little time to get them in the system when you’re not a major publisher. Not to mention, I’m having to learn how to do this for the first time. But again, I didn’t want to make my readers wait until 2019 to get the next volume in the Nick series. I wanted it to you ASAP, and so I’ve done everything within my power to make that happen, and to keep my word to you. The Hardcover will be 340 pages long. We’re also working on getting the audiobook rights back from SMP so that it will be available to fans in that format.

As for the Nick Chronicles, Intensity is the last “official” book. When you read it, you’ll understand why. In the new series, we are moving into the future and the series will focus on Cyprian and Ambrose for four books. And then the last set will shift back to Nick as an adult— the reason being that I don’t want letters from angry parents as those will officially be “adult” novels and I wanted a way to designate them as such, and I didn’t want them to be mistaken as part of the YA universe since Nick will and does grow up. The dates for those series will be forthcoming.

Thank you so much for taking these adventures with me. I hope you understand and will join me for the next adventure.

Hugs!

Also I just wrote this, which is probably the Evanstan half of the opening chapter of that Evanstan and Stucky crossover fic…before Seb disappears and gets replaced with Bucky…

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“Well, you asked him if he knew how many guys you’d hooked up with on camera…”

“Oh no,” Sebastian said. “No. Tell me I stopped there. No.”

“And, and this is kind of adorable, he did that stupid attractive embarrassed pink-cheeked thing and sort of laughed…”

Sebastian put an arm over his eyes, leaning against the wall. The wall did nothing to help, so he slid down it and sprawled theatrically on his face on the ground. Chris Evans had laughed. Had been embarrassed for him. “I’m a horrible person.”

“Totally. Completely unlovable. We all hate you.” Anthony sat down beside him, poked him in the shoulder. “Don’t think I mean that, kid.”

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so, last year when i met up with @mongoose-bite for the first time i joked about how i should have printed off his fic Fuck: My Life and brought it with me for him to sign. i actually did regret not at least printing off the first couple of pages or like a cover page or something.

when i got word that i’d be in aus/nz this summer, i started plotting :^) i knew i’d print off F:ML, for sure, and if i was going through all this effort i might as well get Faerie printed as well, since it was a birthday gift after all.

i was originally just gonna get just the contents printed and make the covers myself, but i found a printing place near my house/uni that did these pleather hardcover bindings, complete with hotstamping, for a pretty decent price. sooooo then this happened.

anyway, long story short, i’ve got these two fics printed and bound and i made him sign them for me hahaha. GONNA TREASURE THESE FOREVER /strokes the signed pages.

also now that i’ve gotten these two done i know a little better how i can format any books i want printed in future, especially in a5 size hehehe.

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Cinderella: A Dream Come True is a GREAT Disney ‘Art Of’ Book

(…and Amazon is selling it for less than a dollar!)

Cinderella: A Dream Come True may only be 8" tall, but it is PACKED with GORGEOUS CONCEPT ART and insightful behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

The first half of the 160-page hardcover is a delightful re-telling of Walt Disney’s Cinderella. What makes this 'storybook’ section so special are the illustrations. The book uses crystal-clear stills from the film, Mary Blair’s pretty pastel concept art and various pieces of pencil animation and storyboard excerpts to bring the text to life.

Reading this half of the book reminded me of the magnificent bonus feature on the Beauty and the Beast DVD that showed the entire film using only unfinished animation, concept art and storyboards. It’s amazing to see how much of the film’s final emotion is there even at the earliest stages.

The second half of Cinderella: A Dream Come True – the making of the film – is the REAL treasure here. It is everything an animation fan wants in a 'making of’ book. Page after page of BEAUTIFUL paintings, pastels, pencil animation and charcoal renderings – all created by the classic Disney Studios artists while they were at the height of their abilities. What’s more, there are images in here that have never been re-printed anywhere else!

The book also includes lots of funny and fascinating anecdotes by the film’s cast and crew. Damned near every one of Walt’s famous 'Nine Old Men’ gets a chance to share their experiences. Also included is a nice section about the songwriting team of Mack David, Jerry Livingston and Al Hoffman. As a Disney nerd, it’s not often that I come across a book containing info I’ve never read before. Cinderella: A Dream Come True brings the new – and lots of it.

Here’s the crazy part: AMAZON IS CURRENTLY SELLING COPIES FOR UNDER A DOLLAR!

Read Georgia McBride/Georgia McBride Media Group, home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance and Tantrum Books:


Some real publishing money talk from the owner of a small press, inspired by the post of a NYT bestselling author (multi) who got flack for posting re how she couldn’t afford to purchase a new laptop. It’a long post, made via my phone. Pls forgive typos.

As the owner of a small press - a tiny press - I am always shocked by how little is earned on the sale of one hardcover or paperback (even less on eBooks despite what most people believe).

By “earned” I mean how little is left after everyone gets their cut and how little value is placed on the author and publisher without whom the book would not be possible.

A $14.99 paperback sold in a bookstore at full price means the bookseller paid the distributor around $7.50 to purchase the book in order to sell it for $14.99 or whatever price they like. So even if they reduce the price to $9.99, they will make a decent profit on the sale. I won’t argue the merits of my use of the word “profit” re the bookseller. They have their own biz model to contend with.

The distributor then deducts a distribution fee up to 30% on that $7.50 plus shipping and handling/processing costs AND a reserve of at least 15% in case of returns before paying the publisher. So let’s do that math.

That’s about $3.00 (on the generous side/rounding up) going to the book’s publisher (who must then deduct the cost to print and market the book and other related costs), and this $3.00 is what would be split with the author.

If the book costs more than $3.00 to print (as most books with more than 300 pages will cost a small press whose print volume is low), the publisher will lose money on every book sold. On average our books cost between $2.31-$4.61 to print. Our hardcovers average around $10.23 to print.

Low print volume is open to interpretation. But on average, we sell roughly 1,000-3,000 physical books per month (and about 10,000-15,000 eBooks).We probably keep roughly $30,000 in inventory (physical books) in stock at all times and print about 400-700 books per month to supply demand.

If the author has a 20% paperback royalty rate, the author would receive .60 for every paperback sold regardless of whether the publisher loses money on that sale or not.

So, the publisher must sell a LOT of books in order to survive and for its authors to make any meaningful money. The more books we sell, the more we need to print. The more we print, the lower the cost to print. The lower the cost to print, the higher the net receipt payment from the distributor. The higher the net receipt payment from the distributor, the more $ made by both author and publisher.

eBooks work the exact same way when a publisher is distributed. The retail price is $4.99 but the distributor is only paid half that by Amazon, for example. Sometimes in educational markets, the eBook wholesale discount is 60-75% off retail.

Then, similar distribution fees are deducted as is a file delivery fee (similar to physical shipping).

This is a simplistic way of looking at a complicated scenario.

I have laid it out above to show how hard it is for writers to make a living writing and fir publishers to succeed at publishing.

I am lucky enough to have several authors consistently earning thousand of dollars each royalty period totaling between $5,000-$30,000/year. Then there are some who barely earn $500 annually in royalties. On average, my authors earn about $300-600 per royalty period.

I have paid out almost $180,000 in royalties and advances against royalties in the past 5 years plus another $56,000 in subsidiary rights advances (film/TV, foreign, audiobook, book club). This feels like a blessing to me.

I have paid my authors from my own pocket when I lost money on the sale of their books - not because I had to, but because I wanted to. And when I paid freelancers who had agreed to be paid based on the sale of those early books that lost money, I did so out of my own pocket because I wanted to not because I had to.

Fast forward to today. As of April, I’m finally able to pay myself $500-$2,000/month. That’s between $6,000-$24,000/year before taxes working on average 15 hours/day 6 days/week. My highest earning authors made about $60,000 last year writing part time.

Money means different things to different people. But we all need money to live in today’s world. In publishing, you can make lunch money, mortgage payment money or quit your day job money. But understanding the economics of the money is important. This will help you set proper expectations and also goals. It will help you focus your time and energy in the right places and on the right things.

I wish the economics of publishing wasn’t something I had to think about. I love story and getting good books into the hands of readers.

Alas, everything in publishing revolves around money. Who gets how much of an advance, whose marketing budget is how much, what books cost to make, how much someone will be paid in royalties, etc.

Publishing is a risky business. It isn’t for the faint of heart. Publishing can break the strongest of wills and also make the most unlikely of success stories a reality.

Whatever the reason you write it work in publishing, don’t let money motivate you. Understand how the business works and how and where snd when and to whom the money flows. But don’t make it all about money. Let it go, and good things will follow.

I hope you’ve beed educated and inspired by this post.

Say it Again

Characters: Keith, Shiro
Pairing(s): Shiro/Keith
Warnings: potential minor spoilers for s2 (but probably not)
Notes: Sheith Week Unlimited - Day 3: One Last Time, can be read as a post-war future fic or earth au

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Summary:
“Say it again?” Shiro asks, flopping onto their couch and draping himself across Keith’s lap.  Keith smiles fondly down at him, placing his book aside in favour of running fingers through that tuft of hair.

“Say what again?” Keith asks, feigning innocence.

“You know what.” Keith smiles, brushing Shiro’s hair back before leaning down to capture Shiro’s mouth in a kiss.

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anonymous asked:

Sis I need the deets on how to make a poppin selfie book I'm trying to give someone a special gift

Aight so boom I’m not tryna promote myself but I made all of mine with the Lumi hands free device on my site www.trapezoidmouth.com, I also used my MacBook it’s an easier way to take full body reclining pics. As for editing picfx can give you a good vintage feel. Shutterfly.com has great options for sizing and texture. Please keep in mind if you’re doing a hardcover book that the seam is VERY tight so you might want to reverse your photo or mirror it so you can see the full image happy selfie-ing my love!!!!

diary-of-a-mad-black-dragon  asked:

For the settings post, what was Kingdoms of Kalimar? I vaguely remember an old friend having a few of the books.

Kingdoms of Kalamar was a setting put out by Kenzer & Co.  I’m not sure how they got the rights to slap the Dungeons & Dragons logo on the top of their 3.0/3.5 books, but holy crap was that a coup in terms of marketing—many people seem to think it was an established WotC setting.  I recently picked up the Kingdoms of Kalamar Campaign Setting hardcover simply because (as you know) I’m addicted to setting books, but (as you also know) I haven’t had the chance to even crack the thing open.  I know the main selling point has always been its verisimilitude—fans make big claims about it being the “realest” setting out there—with a heavy focus on humans, not much magic, and a dash of elves and hobgoblins for spice.  I’ll take their word for it until I get the chance to explore further; if you want to dig deeper, this page seems to be a good primer.