Yog’s Law

At the convention this weekend I heard “Yog’s law” mentioned several times. In fact, just about any time anyone asked a question about publishing it was brought up.  I honestly had never heard of Yog’s law even though the concept behind it was familiar.

Money should flow toward the author

Yog’s law simply states:  “Money should flow toward the author.”  It was coined by James D. Macdonald and has since be quoted by many people. Yog’s law warns against Vanity Publishing. Vanity publishers will publish your book, but it is entirely at your expense. You take all the risk.  The book is not reviewed or edited before it is set into print either.


If someone raves over your book and offers to publish it but they want money from you don’t do it.  “Money should flow toward the author.”

Vanity publishing is not the same thing as self-publishing.  Respectable self-publishers often offer a variety of services such as editing and cover design.  They make it clear how much each of their services cost and where your money is going. 



Published by: thecoffeefox

Once upon a time there was a woman who was a writer. She was either cursed or blessed from birth to be so and there was much debate on which it was. One day a very discouraging (and not very original) person told her not to give up her day job. The woman smiled and said that was a wonderful idea. Following the unwittingly clever advice of her critic, the woman found a job working nights, which left her days free to write. Even better, the night job had an unusual schedule which packed two weeks worth of work into one, so the writer was able to have every other week off to sit on her front porch, daydream, and of course write. However, working at night and writing during the day left little time for sleep, so the poor writer occasionally went a little mad, but she decided it was an acceptable price to pay to be able to continue following her curse-blessing. Also she likes tea. :)

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