The Author Volume 1

The Author Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...there may be something repugnant to a sensitive mind in the publicity given to details of literary commerce, we must allow that literature, which has now to be reckoned with as one of the great wealth-producing limbs of commerce, has every claim to be paid in accordance with recognised principles. "The proportion of divided profit is a delicate question. Where an author has a sure audience, he may claim two-thirds to the publisher's one-third. But when the publisher is working out an idea of his own with trouble and thought, he may justly claim a higher proportion. I think that the royalty paid to an author should be increased in case of a largely increased sale. "The half profit system is an abomination. If resorted to, the sums charged against the book should be those really paid. But of course the publisher may charge a preliminary fee for his trouble. "When a publisher issues a book at the expense of the author, he should charge a reasonable sum, but he has a right to say 'I will produce the book at such a sum; whether you can get the book produced more cheaply elsewhere is not to the point--my charge is so and so.' "When a publisher agrees to give a fixed price for the copyright of a book, the author's claim vanishes with the payment of that sum. The publisher pays for his bargain and has a right to any profits which may accrue. If I buy a plot of ground and find coal on it, the seller could hardly claim an additional share of the profits. Personally, I would give the author a share of any such profits if they were large. But this is hardly a matter of honesty. At the same time such bargains should not degenerate into sweating. "These remarks are crude and written hastily, but I think they are in the main...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236963733
  • 9781236963734