STATUS: Off to a terrific start today.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? STAY UP LATE by Talking Heads
From a lot of my posts lately, I imagine that you think all my recent conversations with contract directors at the big houses have been contentious.
In reality, that hasn’t been so. I have to say, that I personally like all the contracts directors at the major houses. They are under the gun and yet they’ve handled differences of opinions with good temper, grace, and with reason—even if I don’t agree with their stance.
In fact, one of the contract directors from a big six house even made me spit coffee and sputter with laughter in our last conversation.
When I mentioned that I didn’t agree with the 25% of net publishers were currently sticking with and that I was not inclined to accept the same percentage if we were to negotiate an expanded or enhanced electronic book, the director, totally deadpanned, quipped in return that I must obviously share his opinion that the split percentage to the author should be lower for an enhanced ebook as they are more expensive to produce.
I was so surprised that I just burst out laughing as did my contracts manager. You gotta respect a contracts director with a sense of humor. Grin.