Great piece, Chris -- It wouldn't be so outrageous if the novelist made a piece of the markups. My brother Michael has been a painter all his life, and paintings he sold fifteen years ago for $500 are now worth $15,000-20,000. It ties him in knots. There ought to be some body (the author's guild, maybe?) that goes to bat for the writers' right to participate in these profits from their work.
Posted: 6/26/2009 7:38:11 PM