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Sick of Stocks? Bored with Bonds? Invest in Bob Dylan

Hey Bob Dylan fans: Are you tired of investments that leave you "Tangled Up in Blue"? Well, get ready to stop singing those "Subterranean Homesick Blues": Soon you'll be able to invest in the tambourine man himself.

Christmas Music: A Gift That Keeps on Giving (Royalties)

For two months a year, Christmas music is inescapable. As a result, Christmas albums can be real cash cows, year after year. Which led us to wonder: Who's getting all that money? The recording artists? The songwriters (or their heirs)? Or some corporate fat cats in really sharp suits?

Foreign Rights: How Authors Tap a Rich Vein of Royalties

Many writers are discovering the wonders (and extensive rewards) of self-publishing, but there are still places where professional representation can be be well worth the trouble. The confusing but often lucrative world of international sales is an example.

How One Writer Is Riding the E-Book Revolution

A novelist realizes that a book she wrote 20 years ago -- now out of print -- can be revived today as an e-book. Here's the story of how she took that old print volume and turned it into an e-book, complete with new title, new cover -- and new royalties!

The (Paltry) Economics of Being a Novelist

Veteran novelist Catherine Ryan Hyde (Pay It Forward and 15 other books) describes the monetary underpinnings of the novelist's business. Did you know that authors generally get just two royalty checks a year? That is, if there are any royalties at all.