Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Posthumous Publishing, Part 9

The Pros and Cons of Publishing Posthumously

Part 9: Finding an Agent You Can Really Trust

For the newly-dead author the one important question to ask is: does your agent have off-spring and are they in the family business? Take the long view here and be generous. It makes perfect sense to offer a slightly larger percent of future royalties than if you were a living author. Ceaseless haunting and the ability to invoke gypsy curses are always good backup plans, though threatening to let your work lapse into the public domain is the best motivation of all.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Posthumous Publishing Part 8

The Pros and Cons of Publishing Posthumously

Part 8: Twitter Tips for Dead Authors

Short of exhumation, there’s little for the dead author on twitter. Arranging for a “ghost-tweep” to post on your behalf can be expensive and difficult to monitor. For example, below-ground cell service is expensive and unreliable. (6G service is unavailable from most carriers). Ethernet cables are unsightly, and as such,  banned in most cemeteries. Automated posts are the obvious solution and many third party software companies offer a way to schedule tweets in perpetuity. However, the inability to retweet, like, or reply, eventually leads to a follower-less accounts.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Posthumous Publishing, Part 7

The Pros and Cons of Posthumous Publishing

Part 7: Modern Cryogenic Technology, An Overview
Urban myths of a frozen Walt Disney aside, cryogenic technology has advanced considerably over the years. Facilities can vary, so arm yourself with the correct questions: How cold is cold? How reliable is the electrical generator? Do they have solar power back-ups in place? Is frostbite insurance available? What an absolute thrill for the posthumous author to re-awaken in the dystopian future that he or she has created! (Be sure to visit Bredo Morstoel at the Frozen Dead Guy Festival in Nederland Colorado, annually, early March, to receive a free kelvin to celsius to fahrenheit temperature conversion guide.)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Posthumous Publishing, Part 6

The Pros and Cons of Posthumous Success

Part 6: The Publisher’s Advance, Always a Good Idea?
The short answer is yes, though in our complex legalistic society, the answer is often no. Dying before completing any contracted work can sometimes lead to massive debt and unwanted liens. Except for the pennies on your eyes, the old adage, “you can’t take it with you” is applicable in most cases, though extra-large caskets are available for a premium. The drawbacks of course are grave-robbers and overly enthusiastic archeologists. Gold and gems preserve well; paper currency, including stocks and bonds should be protected in hermetically sealed containers.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Posthumous Publishing, Part 5

The Pros and Cons of Posthumous Publishing
For the success you'll never experience in life...

Part 5: Planning for a Contested Last Will and Testament

Families are at best unpredictable, especially when it comes to money or sizable royalty checks. The first question to ask: is there anyone in your immediate family whom you trust completely? If the answer is yes, that person should have sole access to your passwords, username and PINs. If the answer is no, look further afield to distant relatives, long lost cousins, or wealthy aunts and uncles. They often fit the bill, especially if they have means of their own. In all cases, bear in mind copyrights last for a mere 95 years. Grandchildren and great grandchildren should be fully cognizant of all and any publication dates.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Posthumous Publishing, Part 4

Successful Posthumous Publishing in 28 Parts

Part 4: Fictional Death or Actual Death, the Consequences

Fictional death, and what I mean by that, is faking-your-own-death, tends to be more difficult than actual death— though not always. Accidents do happen. A general rule of thumb: your corpse must never be found, or if it is, it must be unrecognizable. The best approach is always a “disappearance” and it can be equally effective in boosting sales and publicity. Keep in mind, new identification documents are costly, and be sure to set up a numbered Swiss bank account before taking the plunge. Handy tip: The number one spot on earth for the “disappeared” is the Grand Cayman Islands, Sea View Road, near the East End Post Office and two blocks from the ATM machine.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Posthumous Publishing, Part 3

In the weeks to come, I'll be posting this handy 28 Part Guide to Posthumous Publishing.

Success is virtually guaranteed!

Part 3: Low Cost, Pre-Taped Video Interviews

Television, radio and even video-blog appearances can be problematic for the dead writer. It’s not always easy to choose which programs you should be “seen” on. Do they reach the widest possible audience? Is that audience within your demographic parameters? Will your readers respond well to the host? For the living author, these questions rarely pose a problem. As a dead author you have to keep a long-term strategy in focus. Demographics might change in the next 100 years. The celebrity host du jour might be just a flash-in-the-pan tomorrow. In any event, it’s easy to pre-record your answers to predictable questions that any presenter will ask. There are several firms across the internet that offer such services, or if you’re good with a laptop, you can record your own interviews. A handy tip: Be sure to leave fifteen-second gaps of silence between your responses.