Holy. Cow. Thank you, , for sharing this expose on Author Solutions and the many, many names they go by to get authors to pay a LOT of money for services that they apparently often do not deliver. Class action lawsuit, indeed.
Have you seen Hugh Howey's recent reports on AuthorEarnings? He's analyzed a large sample of current, public book sales data. There's good info on sales and writer earnings depending on how you publish (indie, trad, etc.). The great thing is that this analysis is done on the largest, most representative data set I've seen so far. I love me some good data.
Link for GENRE FICTION only (>2/3 of all sales):
Link for data including LITERARY FICTION and NON-FICTION:
Awards are wonderful external recognition, and I am soaking this one up. (That's me in the brown sweater in this picture.) But as an entrepreneur, it is a daily honor to me that our employees have taken my vision of The Place I Want to Work and made it reality. As an owner, I hold the space for this kind of culture. I support it in tangible ways in terms of policies, hiring, how we spend money on people and work environment, and what behavior we officially recognize as outstanding. All of that matters.
But is the staff who embody, adapt and apply the culture, who manifest it every day. They put their hearts into our work not just for a paycheck, but because it's rewarding work they're proud to do with people they care about. Their personal investment exponentially multiplies an owner's investment (money, energy, time, attention). It is truly a joint effort. I am grateful for the people who have made this company their work home.
It is amazing to me that our small business (<30 employees) made the NATIONAL list of
#bestandbrightest companies to work for. There are only 101, after all. I am overwhelmingly proud of and grateful for the people who make what it is.
- ObsidianOwner, CFO, 1998 - present
- Obsidian Art SpaceBoard Member, 2011 - present
- The Big Life ProjectContributor / Owner, 2011 - 2013
- DACGOperations Manager, 1991 - 1996
What I Love / What I Do
I write novels with messy, imperfect characters who still manage to grow and love and live big.
I am fascinated with the same thing in real life: people telling stories about how they make choices and live their lives to the fullest...especially after setbacks and losses. Regrowing my life during / after chronic illness was my inspiration to blog on TheBigLifeProject.com, part of my effort to fulfill the tagline's promise: *Grow Your Heart. Live Big.*
I work part-time at Obsidian (ObsidianLearning.com), a learning consulting / development company I founded 16 years ago to be "The Place I Want to Work." I am proud of the cutting edge work we do in learning, and of the employees and culture that keep us both sharply competitive and fully, compassionately human.
Before settling in Houston, I grew up in an artistic family on a cattle-ranch in the Texas Hill Country, then hopped back and forth as a student between Georgetown (Texas), Germany, England and Japan. I still love to travel, though my destinations now involve nature and loved ones rather than big cities.
- Southwestern UniversitySociology, German, 1987 - 1990