• It’s just a guess, Ritesh, but I would assume the vast majority are “mid-list” authors who are scared of losing the little they have by speaking out against their publisher. And there are others who are happy with their lot and don’t want to think about the money they could be making.

      The minority of “big names” are making their millions and have a comfortable set-up…why rock the boat, even if they could be making 4x their current royalty rate? This is assuming they could…some might be regretting those 3- and 5-book contracts they signed years ago (that also have non-compete clauses in them).

      • As I understand it (from reading Konrath, Passive Guy, Dean Wesley Smith, Kris Rusch, and others…I’m certainly open to correction), most traditional publishing contracts do not allow authors to publish *anything* without their publisher’s permission while they are “under contract”.

        The language of these agreements is often heavily tilted in favor of the publisher and so “under contract” can often mean until the publisher decides to publish the last book in the contract…which they can refuse or forget to do for years. During that whole time, the author can be sued for releasing a competing product (same genre, for instance) or even using their own name (this is a well-known problem in romance, where author name is heavily branded).

        Writes with clout (Rowling) or the ability to walk away (John Locke, who negotiated to keep all of his digital rights when he went with a Big Six pub’er) are in good shape. Everyone else is/has been told to take it or leave it when the contract is presented to them. Most authors, grateful for the “break”, sign.

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