STATUS: TGIF! I have so much to do this weekend…
What’s playing on the iPod right now? CRASH INTO ME by Dave Matthews Band
The best defense is a strong offense.
What do I do about Publisher insistence on assuming that graphic novel rights is a boilerplate item? I immediately make it clear that it is not at the BEGINNING of each negotiation so there can be no misunderstanding early on.
That also establishes to the publishers that regardless of what they think, where my agency is concerned, graphic novel rights is not a boilerplate item.
I do the same thing at the beginning of a negotiation for a possible multi-book deal. Right when the editor calls, I announce that my agency does not do joint accounting so are we talking about one book or two?
And that takes it off the table right from the start. It won’t be a point of dissension for later.
Now graphic novel rights aren’t quite the same thing as joint accounting so I still expect a discussion or argument but my position is at least clear from minute one.
Have a great weekend.