STATUS: Man, I powered through my To Do list today. Gosh I love when that happens.
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? FREE FALLIN’ by John Mayer
One of things that we always do is make sure the author and our agency have a final copy of the finished novel in electronic form. For the author, it’s just nice to have an electronic copy of the book. I mean, we get the other editions. Why not this one? For the agency, we prefer to use the electronic copy to sell subsidiary rights when we hold those rights.
Usually, this is no big deal and the acquiring editor sends me the final page proof in PDF.
Well, just recently I made my standard request and I received a rather interesting email from the editor in return. (And let me just say right here I feel very sorry for the editor as I know she was simply citing some new company policy…) But basically the editor said that if we wanted an electronic copy in PDF, we’d have to pay a production copy fee of $250.00.
Uh… I rather stared at the email. Is the editor really suggesting that the author has to pay $250.00 for a copy of her already published book in electronic form? No, she can’t be serious.
Needless to say, I voiced my rather incredulous response in a return email.
I’m positive that the company implemented this fee policy for a good reason but in this instance, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.