STATUS: Super busy and I hit the road to New York City tomorrow. Blog might post late.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? I NEED TO KNOW by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
I’ve been working on three different contracts for the past couple of weeks. Finally we get the final versions in and sure enough, some requested changes didn’t quite make it in.
This is pretty normal and it’s almost always a simple oversight on the part of the contracts director at the publishing house. A quick phone call solves the problem but ultimately there are only two solutions.
Handwrite the changes into the contract and have the author initial next to the change or have the publishing house regenerate the contract.
If the changes are minor, we always handwrite them in.
This time they weren’t. There were three whole clauses missing. Three clauses that had to be handwritten into three separate contract copies.
Normally I would opt for the publishing house regenerating them and resending but I didn’t want to delay any further—especially when I’ll be out of the office for the next 10 days and I personally prefer to review final contracts before sending on to the author.
Just a great reminder that this job is mostly about attention to details.