Royalties and Net and Bears, OH MY!

Like it or not, writing is a business.  Sure, we'd happily sit with our laptops, typewriters, pens, pencils, Sharpies, crayons, or what have you, and crank out best-sellers til the cows come home, watching the money magically appear in our bank accounts.  There would be bon-bon eating and bubble baths in there somewhere too.And as much as I wish it worked like that, it's not going to happen.At RWA 2011, I attended a workshop on contracts, and, of course, royalties and payment rates were brought up.  My head was swimming with information already, so it all sounded like gibberish, but now that I'm getting closer to querying, it's something that concerns me.  Unfortunately, most of the information out there still sounds like gibberish to me.  This stuff--math-wise, anyway--is right up there with doing taxes.  Rather than bore you with my own garbled understanding, I'm simply going to piggyback on two blog entries.  One was done by my friend and fellow...
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“P” is for Pictures — Author Pictures

As I near the end of my first manuscript, I've become aware that I need some new professional authory pictures taken.I've had professionals shots taken before, because, frankly, I look like the devil's spawn in most amateur pictures due to horrifying red-eye.  But I've never had any done with the specific goal of using them for my Twitter profile, Facebook fan page, website, and book covers. There's a certain image I want to convey -- I want them to be professional, but not stuffy or too "staged."  It just wouldn't fit with the subjects I write about.  We've all seen author pics where they're behind a desk or something with their hand under their chin.Even Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, is guilty of this.So, I've been scouring my author friends' pictures to find ones I love.  I've found a few that have a style that I like (which could also be due to the photographer as well) so I thought...
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An Article by Laura Kaye: Undressing a Bad-Ass Hero

Hello!  We're (slowly...VERY slowly) getting settled here in the U.K.  Yep...our move was an overseas one, so not only do we have to contend with wonky sleep patterns, we have to basically learn a new monetary system and how to drive (on the other side of the road, that is).  But things are coming along.  We've even found a house to rent, and it's in a great little town!  That's encouraging to me for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that, yeah, we'll have somewhere to live, but that the sooner we get moved in and unpacked, the sooner I can get my ass back in my desk chair and finish my novella.  To tide you over, I saw that one of my lovely author friends, Laura Kaye, wrote an article called Undressing a Bad Ass Hero.  Not only was it a good article, but it was about one of my very own favorite anti-heroes, Zsadist, from J.R....
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