Margaret Note Spelling
Small beautiful events are what life is all about.
- Sep 10, 2019
- The Heart of Nowhere
(Don't worry too much! It was very entertaining.)
I'm worried about sharing anything for fear of spoiling the video for people, but this is too good not to mention--the kickstarter is currently at 11.7 million dollars pledged. I've been watching it go up all afternoon. It's even funner than watching election numbers!
No doubt Sanderson will make a vast amount of money and will become famous as "the author who..." which can only help his career. However, like many things that bestselling authors do, I don't think it's relevant or useful to aspiring authors.
John Scalzi was making a similar comment (amongst others) on his blog the other day.It wasn't meant as an insult to Sanderson, just a comment that this wouldn't work for almost anyone else.
I'd say that effect isn't limited to just publishing, either. You see it in all kinds of professional creative endeavors (and the job market as well)--people who have a track record of successes behind them will always be afforded more opportunities than those who don't. On the whole, they just tend to be a safer bet for the people trying to figure out who to put their money behind.to him who already hath shall be given.
Doesn't this violate copyright law? If he gave his publisher an exclusive right than he would be in violation. --- Maybe that's dumb. Is all copyright the right publish once? Then what about reprints does an author get a new contract and new royalty for each?It is no secret that Brandon Sanderson has raised £17 million on Kickstarter to self-publish four of his early novels - reported in The Observer newspaper and on Guardian online.
These are new novels, never previously published, that he wrote during 2020 and 2021 without telling either publishers or fans.Doesn't this violate copyright law? If he gave his publisher an exclusive right than he would be in violation. --- Maybe that's dumb. Is all copyright the right publish once? Then what about reprints does an author get a new contract and new royalty for each?
The cosmere predates him being published so it seems unlikely that it was created solely to get his readers to read multiple series.He also has the whole silly metaverse thing he has going on, which seems contrived to (like the comic industry) get his readers to read a ton of series out of fear of missing out on something.
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