On a more cheerful note...
Charlie has posted several more installments of Common Misperceptions About Publishing since I last linked. These are primarily aimed at demystifying the publishing industry for readers, but are also extremely useful for new(ish) writers and for small press writers interested in how mid-list works.CMAP 4: Territories, Translations and Foreign Rights
. Amongst other things, this goes into excruciating detail about why you can't buy that ebook edition you want just because you're in the wrong country. It also looks at how the various markets differ in formats and distribution of books, and how foreign rights can add up to a serious chunk of change that can make the difference between needing a day job and earning a reasonable living as a writer.CMAP #5: Why books are the length they are
. There is a reason why print books are the various lengths they are, and why that can change from market to market. As I chip in with somewhere down the comment thread, one major reason why I am epublished is the length I tend to write at -- never mind the hot boy-on-boy action, it's my word count that doesn't suit the current print market.CMAP #6: Why did you pick such an awful cover for your new book?
There is backstory here. As he eventually says, Charlie had an Unfortunate Experience with the US cover of Saturn's Children
. Quite a lot of people assumed that he had something to do with said cover, but in fact authors have little to no say over what goes onto the book jacket. As a small press author at a fairly flexible epublisher, I have a lot more say over the cover matter on my books than Charlie does on his mid-list books, and I still don't have an actual veto over what my publisher chooses in its wisdom to put on my books. As Charlie discusses, there is a good reason for this, even if it ever so occasionally results in Author Weeping Into Beer.
Lots of good stuff there, in both the main posts and the comment threads.