Question about publishing?
Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:01 PM
I do not have an agent. I submitted my manuscript to a small local publisher and she loved it. I am meeting with her next week to talk about publishing the book and she said she will have a sample contract for me at that time. Basically, it's a published book once we can come to and agree on the terms.
Which brings me to my next questions... How in the world do I know what is fair? I don't have a lawyer and really would rather not have to find one. But should I? Or are there some basic things to look for and/or to avoid during negotiating a contract?
Thanks everyone in advance.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:17 AM
They were talking about Absolute Write Water Cooler (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/). This place is great also. If you go down to the 'Publishing and Networking" section and you might get some help with your question.
Sorry I can't be of specific help. I don't know much about contracts. That's why I'm trying to get an agent!
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:48 AM
I am not a lawyer, and I suspect even the lawyers who are here will be very careful with what they say, since you're not a client, but read any contract very carefully. What are they promising in the contract and what is not being addressed?
In my opinion, it might be worth querying an agent saying something along the lines of "I have an offer from a publisher..." There might not be enough money in it for them, so they may balk, but it seems worth considering.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:31 AM
Often as writers we become so enamored with a chance to publish we don't take the time to find out who we are really dealing with. Although I will say that I DO NOT know the publisher you are dealing with, and could be quite wrong, this business has more sharks than a tank at Sea World. (The problem is they do not look like sharks, until they bite you.)
Move slowly, and check her out. Predators and Editors is a pretty good place to start. http://www.pred-ed.com/
Writer Beware by the SFWA is another resource that can help. http://www.sfwa.org/.../writer-beware/
Again, I AM NOT saying this is the case, but don't let your desire to get published overrun your common sense.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:12 AM
I tried to get an agent. In the process of searching for an agent, I came across Walrus Publishing in St. Louis. There is another Walrus out there, and they aren't so great... but they aren't in the United States. As I live about 30 miles away from this publisher and they are seeking both stories written about St. Louis (Fiction and non-) and by St. Louis authors, I went ahead and sent my manuscript via an online form in October... which was about the time I was extremely frustrated by the lack of response my query letter was drawing.
I didn't hear anything back until the same day I found out I'd made it thorugh the first round of the ABNA.
I'm trying to resist "settling" just so I can get my name in print. It would be so tempting to take just any old offer. At least for me.
Very good advice and I'm going to keep these things in mind when I meet with her next week.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:25 AM
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:30 AM
Get the contract and read it thoroughly and then spend a couple hundred bucks to have an attorney review for you and answer any of your questions. Money well spent in my opinion.
This! Also, I learned through my own experience that many agencies offer contract neg & consultation for a flat fee. One more thing to consider. Good luck!
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:27 AM
I think now you are in a perfect position to query agents. Let them know you have a contract offer and are looking for an agent to help you negotiate the deal.
PS. Some authors never get an agent and have long and succesful careers. It can be done. Just do so cautiously, so you don't lose out on your rights or royalties.
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