I’m on the Red Room team, and I’m also an author. So the Red Room Royalties and Relationships program we’re rolling out today not only benefits me because its helps us serve you, it also benefits me as an author. The programs offer value to every type of author—in every type of publishing situation. I know, because I think I’ve been in every type of publishing situation.
What Red Room’s new programs mean to me, personally, is that I’ll be able to earn royalties for books I haven’t been able to in the past. I’ve edited two anthologies as “work for hire” projects (in other words, for a flat fee with no claim to the rights or royalties). After watching those books sell thousands of copies, in part due to my promotion and publicity of them, I am finally able to reap the rewards of my labor by receiving a percentage of the sales on Red Room.
Other books of mine were traditionally published books with a modest five-figure advance and escalating royalty structure. In some cases, my advance hasn’t earned out yet and so I haven’t even begun to see royalties from my publishers. In other cases, my advance earned out several years ago but—in part due to the book being backlisted and no longer heavily promoted—my royalty checks are few and far between. But in both cases, regardless of whether I’m getting checks from my publishers or not, I will definitely receive checks from Red Room—literally doubling my income and perhaps tripling it if I begin actively promoting those titles again.
Because I publish approximately one book per year, I am constantly promoting my new books while bringing attention to my backlist titles. Because all of my books are grouped on Red Room together, I am able to showcase them as a whole or promote them individually, and bring new readers to my page to discover new projects (and maybe even fall in love with an old book they weren’t aware I wrote or edited).
Because Red Room is doing me the invaluable service of introducing me to the people who buy my books, I’ll finally be able to build a database of my readers, with their real names and information about which books they bought, and when. In my fifteen years of writing and editing books, no one has ever offered me that. No retailers do that, except Red Room.
This is the most innovative concept I’ve ever been involved with. Ever even heard of. One that lets me double-dip, so to speak. Money from my publisher. Money from Red Room. I’m so glad I joined my old friend, Ivory Madison (please note: that's an expression, we're both 29), in building Red Room into everything we writers always wanted and couldn’t get, until now. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section about how Red Room Royalties and Relationships works below or you can always reach us at email@example.com.
Causes Gina Misiroglu Supports
Doctors Without Borders, American Cancer Society, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund