Pub Rants

A New Clause in Town

Last week I was negotiating a contract with an editor over there at the Random House group. Color me pink when she mentioned that RH was adding a new clause to the contract that was going to be standard from here on out. RH would now like U.S.-only Spanish Language… MORE


The Hardest Job in Publishing

There is no doubt in my mind that this dubious title goes to the in-house publicists at the publishing houses. They have an intense daily job (book mailing for reviews, pitching the mags, setting up book tours, coming up with catchy promos or giveaways etc.), tight deadlines and when one… MORE


Don’t Quit Your Day Job

All writers wait for the day they get that big fat advance/royalty check so they can take this job and shove it. It’s the dream after all. But when is that day exactly? How much money is enough to quit the day job? Most writers, truly, will not have to… MORE


Please, not THAT with my morning Starbucks

I’ve been reading a lot of sample pages lately—trying to get caught up and also because I’m actively looking for something new. Lately I’ve had to avoid eating breakfast or lunch while reviewing sample pages. Please, I beg you. No more people peeing, defecating, or otherwise involved with a bodily… MORE


Does Size Matter?

What a silly question. Of course it does. The real question is how do you define “size”? Is size defined simply by how many books an agency or agent sells in year? Is size defined by the number of agents on board and the size of the support staff? Or… MORE