Status: It’s pouring rain and the temps feel anything like spring but I’m eating ice cream right now anyway.
What’s Playing on the XM or iPod right now? DON’T GIVE UP ON ME NOW by Ben Harper
Today we officially wrapped up our negotiations on the new Macmillan boilerplate contract. It only took 6 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days from start to finish. It was worth it to get a decent contract.
Oddly enough I was excited to sell yet another book to a Macmillan imprint. THAT contract will only take several weeks. All the heavy lifting is done.
Then I get a new Random House contract in. Basically the same except for 2 rather key clauses that come at the very end of the contract but are referenced throughout.
Great. Publishers will certainly let you reserve rights but are now inserting clauses that hamstring the author from exploiting those reserved rights.
This seems to be the latest fashion.
Tags: Macmillan, Random House