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Monday, May 21st, 2007
11:17 pm
I know about a publishing company that is very interested in doing a little talent acquisition.  However, they're not quite sure about the best way to pay writers.  They are considering several possible compensation pacakges and would like to know, which package writers would want most.  Below are your choices.  Please pick on or two answers or contribute your own method.  Your response is much appriciated.  Thank you.

Option 1:  The traditional Advance.

With this compensation package the publisher pays the writer in advance for a proposed or completed manuscript.  The author recieves cash up front, but  is responsible to repay a percentage of the advance if the book does not meet a predetermined sales quota.  The author may recieve extra royalties if the book exceeds sales expectations, but the agreement can be written so that's not likely.

Option 2:  Straight Percentage

The author recieves a percentage of the sales revenue of the book every three months.  No cash advance is paid up front.  If the book don't sell, the author makes no money.  However, they also don't have to pay anything back if the book flops.

Option 3:  Percentage and Advance/Stipened

The author is paid throughout writing the book and recieves a percentage of royalties thereafter.  This option is good for authors, but publishers may demand certian delievery dates.  Editors could get bitchy if the manuscript is not delievered on time and they might demand their stipened back.

Option 4:  Progressive Percentage

The author recieves a certian percentage of the revenue of a book when it starts selling, and earns bigger  percentages as sales pass predetermined milestones.  No advances or stipends are paid.

Option 5:  Crab boat production system

Authors are employees of the publisher and recieve a percentage of the company's gross profit every quarter.  Employment is at will and by invitation.  Authors are also expected to participate in editing and marketing all books publsihed by the company.  Employment is by contract and would not count as traditional royalty income.  Authors would pay both halves of their social security.  No benefits.  At least at first.  Authors would be expected to make schedules.

Again, thank you for your time and response.


Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
8:49 pm

"Central Michigan University students may be worse writers after taking English composition courses than they were before the classes."


So what'ca all think of this?

Sunday, April 30th, 2006
10:21 pm
Lately there seems a push to publish work so below are links to sites I use to find publishers and such:

Literary Journals:




Both databases are pretty comprehensive.

Monday, January 30th, 2006
12:02 pm
Fiction Collective in CM-Life.

I always tell myself I shouldn't expect too much from things like this; I should listen to myself more often. But it's still pretty cool.

In defense of my crappy quotes, I'll just say it's probably editted, and I'm a writer, not a speaker. hehe.

EDIT: I just realized that if you click the picture, you get a better, longer article. HOLY CRAP, TECHNOLOGY!~ =D
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005
8:34 pm
In my Finance 315 class yesterday I learned Kaya sells entire pots of coffee for $5. This can help FC because we have a volume consupmtion of coffee. At every meeting four or five people purchase cups of coffee costing as much as $3.30. Individually if a person spends $3.30 on a cup of coffee once per week for the duration of one semester it costs $52.80. For an entire school year it'll run $105.60. If an average of four people purchase coffee a week that's $422.40 to support Fiction Collective meetings per school year.

I propose we reduce this cost to $160 per school year.

If on average four people purchase coffee every sunday that's a net cash outflow of $13.20. However, this number is a bit misleading. By using customer loyalty discount cards patrons can reduce the total average aggregate price of their coffee. I say average aggregate because the value of every cup of coffee purchase is not tracked. The customer can increase the size of his average discount too well over 20% by how they manage their purchases. But, for this example we will assume the customer purchases all of his coffee for $3.30 and gets a discount cup valued at $3.30 for free. This reduces the average aggregate price of coffee to per meeting to $11.88. However, given time/value considerations we must add to that the amount of interest lost over the period of purchases before the discount was recieved. Inflation is running at about four percent this year. Sixteen weeks is about a quarter of the year so we will take one quarter of the inflation rate and multiply it times the average aggregate discount price of coffee per sunday. So $11.88*1.01=12.

So net cashflow under the current purchasing model will be $12 per sunday. We can reduce this to $5 per sunday if we buy a an entire pot of coffee. We can reduce the price further if we split the cost of the pot. Instead of paying $3.30 every sunday for a limited amount of coffee we can spend $1.25 for a a much less limited supply.

To put this in tearms more easily understnadable: everyone can save a gallon of gas each week by purchasing this way.

Thursday, December 1st, 2005
2:20 pm
Because We writers are insane!
Hey, everyone! I was going to bring this up at the meeting on Sunday, but I figured I'd just do it here, because the people who're most likely to be interested are all here on the LJ anyway.

I present to you all the Internation Story A Day Group! The title says it all: Every day, we write a story and post it for all the other members to read. The stories must all be titled by the title that the moderator, lustforlike offers. Today (Dec. 2, because lustforlike is from a different time zone)'s title is Of Mice and HiFi.

It just started yesterday, so you haven't missed much! It is a lot to keep up with (especially with exam and the end of the semester), but it is a lot of fun! If you're up for a great challenge that may just help you get out of ruts (I've been really proud of how I'm doing so far, but it is only the second day, hehe), check it out! =D

That's all! Til Next Time, Space Cowboys~!
Sunday, September 18th, 2005
9:37 am
Just a friendly reminded about today's meeting at 4:00 pm, at Kaya. We'll be going over Casey's story, "The Long Drag." Hope to see you there!
Friday, September 16th, 2005
1:52 pm
Didn't get the email I sent out? Lemme know! I'll make sure I regurgitate what needs to be.
Sunday, September 11th, 2005
8:38 pm
So, I missed the meeting: I thought the meeting was at the usual 8 PM time instead of Skylie's mutated 4 PM time. I feel like an idiot, particularly because I was really looking forward to seeing everyone. And, of course, reading what everyone's written over the summer. ('Cause you all have, right?)
So if anybody brought anything this Sunday, and if they feel like sending it to me, my e-mail address is kleenexwoman42@yahoo.com. I will see you all next Sunday, either time. (I'll even stay there all day to make sure, if I must.)

Current Mood: sad
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
4:55 pm
Sunday/Wednesday Meetings
Hey, everyone!

This is just a reminder about the meeting for current members, Sunday, September 11th, at Kaya, at 4:00 pm! I know some of you are coming, and I can't wait to see you!

There's also an Info Meeting for new and interested members Wednesday, September 14th at 8:00 PM. This will be located in Room 301 at the Library. It's a small room, but if you can make it, that would be great because we WILL be discussing times and locations with the newbies who are interested. However, if you can't make it, that's not a problem. Get in touch with me, or check the LiveJournal here because I will post information regarding it.

If anyone is interested in distributing flyers, email me and I'll send you them via attachments. If you'd like to create your own, that's awesome, and feel free to! Just make sure you've got all the information about about the Wednesday meeting above as well as my email for contact info (skylie@gmail.com).

Meantime, we'll just plan to meet on the 18th at the same time, same place as the 11th.

Monday, August 29th, 2005
4:04 pm
Fiction Collective, Fall 2005
Hello, everyone! I hope you've all had a wonderful summer! Now that we're back in school and things are starting to settle into place, I figured we'd best get this show back on the road!

Here's the scoop: I'd like to have our first meeting for current members on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, at Kaya, 4:00 PM. The agenda is to talk about our summers, what we've been working on/reading, as well as cover information about a future meeting to inform new members about what we do, promotions, and any other business that needs to be brought up.

If 4:00 doesn't work for you as a time, there's enough time to switch that around and have it earlier or later. However, the date is pretty set in stone. It's not a manditory meeting, but it would be nice if you could make it. Keep in mind that we will be meeting earlier than we have previously. I figured 4:00 would be a good jumping point.

Please let me know if you can make it, can't make it, or might make it. It's just nice to know : )

Also, if you haven't been up to speed, there's been a little bit of an exchange of power with Darlene off to the other side of the pond. I'll be taking over a lot of the responsibilities from here on in, but Josh is also going to be involved when he can be. I hope I don't screw it up!! ^_~

I look forward to hearing from you all! This will also be posted in the LiveJournal community.

~~Laura Skylie Engler!~~

Current Mood: excited!
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
4:31 pm
The Future of the CMU Fiction Collective, Applying to All Involved
So, as difficult as this is for me to type, I do not know how often I will be able to make it to meetings. Grace is going to be working as much as I am, so chances are I will have the baby in my charge on at least some Sunday afternoons. I mean, I would be more than willing to host the meetings at my house, but everyone would need to find transportation. And, of course, I can't provide chai. Sorry guys.

Which leads me to another issue: if we are still a legit RSO, which I suppose we are, then I have inherited the presidency from Dar. Since I don't know how often I'll be able to attend, it might be better for someone else to usurp my position. There will be a grand struggle for power, but I'll obviously throw the fight for the reasons stated above. Any volunteers?

Again, I am willing to host the meetings. I looked forward to seeing you guys every week last year, and it'll be sad if I am no longer able to.
Sunday, August 7th, 2005
2:51 pm
So, think we should get an RSO (or whatever the letters are) booth at MainStage? We do have all the RSO qualifications, right?

Um...just a random thought. ^_^
Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
4:05 pm
The Day of the Sun
Well, i have sent out the official e-mail, twice. Once with attachments, once without (not in that order). If anyone did not recieve the story, go ahead and request it here, and don't forget to include your e-mail address.

That is all.
Thursday, March 31st, 2005
11:47 pm
Guys, I just found out that I'm not going to be able to come to the meeting this Sunday. I am really sorry about this--it's for a class, and I can't avoid it.
Will definitely be there next Sunday, so hold criticism until then.
4:01 pm
A Tale of Politics, Magic, and, most importantly, SEX.
Hey, remember how a few weeks ago I said I had something written that I wanted to finish up and share? I finally did it! Yay!! I present to you a brand, sparkling new prologue to one of the many Arynethian books. To any of you who, even vaguely, follow Arynethian lore, this new book, The Fox Hole practically jumps through the entire story: it's possibly the last book of the Age of Return that Serpent in a Cage start out. So, yeah. Sorry if the story itself proves to be a little baffling. It's just a prologue, so it shouldn't. Just focus, i guess, on the writing. I'm trying something with it and I'm not sure if it works.

The Fox Hole: Prologue

OH! The thing is positively FLOODED with spelling mistakes. Since I was coding it, I didn't bother typing it in word, thus not having a spell check, and I'm too lazy to run it through a different one. So, yeah; definately feel free to correct spellings as you're looking over it, but no need to mention that I'm an idiot when it comes to spelling. Believe me, I know, I know! ^_~

And here are a few others things I promised:

How to Kill a Mockingbird


Current Mood: accomplished!
3:21 pm
This is a bit of a departure. Technically, it's a story told in the form of a poem; keeping in mind the "poem" part, I brought it in to Poetry Collective. Their consensus: "Dude, this is a story, bring it in to Fiction Collective." So...here.

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Saturday, March 26th, 2005
6:46 pm
Hurrah for Saturday and Easter. I'm sure nobody's coming tomorrow, but I'm posting this just in case, and also because I can't save it on a floppy. Next Sunday you can all tell me what you think of it while I choke on my chai.
It's very rough. Vignette so far.

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
9:44 pm
We are meeting on Sunday, correct? Just making sure, everyone...
I've got 212 words of "From the Gods" done and I'm not sure if I should scrap it and start over or what. It's under the cut. I'll try to get another paragraph done, but this is taking forever and I don't know if I'll ever get it done.

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Sunday, February 20th, 2005
6:08 pm
Sunday Snowstorms.
Decided to post this here just in case anyone missed the email. Due to the weather, no meeting this Sunday (the 20th). ^_^

There; now I don't feel as paranoid of someone showing up and being really pissed off at the rest of us. You have no excuse for not knowing now. ^_~
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