Sally J. Ling, Florida’s History Detective, is an author, speaker, and historian. She writes historical fiction and nonfiction and specializes in little known stories of Florida history. As a special correspondent, Sally wrote for the Sun Sentinel newspaper for four years and was a contributing journalist for Boca Raton, Gold Coast, Delray Beach, Boca Life, Jupiterand Palm Beacher magazines.
Based upon excerpts from her book Run the Rum In, Sally appeared in two TV documentaries-- “Gangsters” - the National Geographic Channel, and “Prohibition and the South Florida Connection” - WLRN, Miami. She served as associate producer on the latter production. She has been a guest on South Florida PBS TV and radio stations, guest presenter at the Lifelong Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University and Future Authors of America, and guest speaker at numerous historical societies, libraries, organizations, and schools. Sally lives with her husband, Chuck, and her cat, Kitty, and splits her time between Deerfield Beach, Florida, and Wolf Laurel, North Carolina.
- Make sure there is a time limit on the contract—say three to five years. That way, both the author and publisher can see what kind of sales are being generated and renegotiate terms in a reasonable time frame if they desire.
- Negotiate the royalty amount. Because production and distribution costs are much lower on e-books, authors should receive a higher royalty on digital books. (One publisher was willing to negotiate once I pointed this out, but I was a bit miffed that they didn’t offer a higher royalty upfront. This led me to believe they didn’t recognize authors as savvy business people who now have other options available.)
- Negotiate the frequency of the royalty payment. Amazon pays royalties every 30 days, with the initial payment after 60 days. Try to get your publisher to pay in this manner, or at least much more frequently than the time frame for print books. (This might be a sticking point with publishers since they like to pay royalties at specified times, but it’s worth a try.)