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A Contract Whine

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Status: The high tomorrow is going to be 3 degrees. Oh Joy. And Chutney will still not thank me when I make her wear her fido fleece.

What’s Playing on the XM or iPod right now? HEROES by David Bowie

I think this is definitely more of a whine than a rant. I’m finally negotiating the new Macmillan boilerplate because just recently I sold a novel to that publishing house. And yes, I know that they implemented that new boilerplate many moons ago. Even though I reviewed it at that time (to see what I was in for) it’s not relevant until the first negotiation happens at that house. Although many of our boilerplate items were transferred into the new Macmillan contract, so much of the language has changed (or new clauses created), it might as well be brand new.

So to be generous, I reserved 4 hours to give it a solid read and to write up my requested changes letter. After 2.5 hours of diligent labor, I had only hit page 11 of the 28 page contract.

Oh, this is going to be fun one to negotiate.

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9 Responses

  1. Dawn Embers said:

    Wow… They gave out a high for tomorrow? Here the weather talk on the radio mentioned about 20-25 below and the person giving the report just said there wasn’t a high.

    Sounds like a rough contract, or intense at least. Good luck making it through.

  2. Caroline said:

    That does not sound like fun! It makes me appreciate how much work agents do, though.

    But, don’t worry, I’m sure the publishers have just changed the contract so that authors get a bigger cut from e-book sales, right? 🙂