Written by Dan Malone on Friday, April 27th, 2012

Romance novelist Jackie Collins recently made waves when she announced she would self-publish an upcoming book, but not due to any problems with her publishers. “I have fantastic relationships with my two publishers, Simon & Schuster UK and St. Martin’s Press US. No juicy story about a tiff or spat between us—we’re good.”

However, she also has advice for aspiring authors: “Publishers are in the publishing business to make money (and that’s a good thing). But remember that their goal is NOT to make your dreams of being an author come true. Their goal is to make money through the careful and thoughtful exploitation of your book. So, you have to fight for what you want. (Even I do.) If you want a full-page ad in People magazine, you have to get it in your contract; otherwise it’s not going to happen, and you’ll hear things like, ‘it costs too much.'”

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