A few words of thanks to my supportive peeps
Thanks to everyone for coming by to offer encouragement on the SSRLP and to say nice things about it.
While it’s not the sort of writing I want to do all the time, it was a refreshing insight into publishing on the non-fiction side and how things work. More of that insight will come, I’m sure, and hopefully further benefits as I learn the ropes to working with a publisher to produce a quality product.
Things learned along the way
So far, this hasn’t done anything to enhance my resume. I don’t know how, or when, to add it to my CV for one thing. For another, I don’t know the exact title of the book or the release date, so I can’t even put anticipated publication date mm/yyyy or anything. So for now I’m still just an out of work bum, but this should help with the “What have you been doing for the last 15 months?” question I get oh-so-often when people (infrequently) sniff around about jobs.
I still haven’t heard anything on revisions and rewrites, which makes me a little nervous. I also haven’t seen a whiff of the money, which makes me pissed. I knew they didn’t rush money out to authors, but c’mon – enough’s enough. It’s been more than three months since they picked me to do the writing and more than six weeks since they got their contract. The excuse I get is “Well, it’s a behemoth company, so things move slowly.” I wonder how the publisher would have handled my slowness on delivering their product? Hm.
And that, dear friend or two which I still have following my blog, is one thing I have learned early and often in this journey, which I can now share with you. When you’re the author and working with a publisher (this is after the agent’s part of connecting you with the publisher is over and you’re working away on the product, now), the publisher holds all the cards. You, as the writer, don’t have much recourse about anything.
They sent me a contract, which was fine. I read it through as best I could. I”m not a lawyer, don’t know any lawyers, and can’t afford a lawyer, so I read it through myself. The wording wasn’t difficult or tangled, not really. I got through it. But the thing is, I had no recourse to renegotiate the contract. The agent made it clear he wasn’t really interested in anything like that; he’s worked with this publisher before (a lot, I gathered), and they’re good for the money. If there was anything I didn’t like in the contract, I’d have needed a lawyer to negotiate the changes. And the publisher would have simply passed on me as an author and gotten someone else to write the book.
You want to be the author? Play by our rules and sign the contract. That’s lesson one.
Lesson two is, their part of the contractual “obligations” do not apply. Yours do. They sent me the contract and I had to sign it if I wanted the job. They would then receive it from me and counter-sign, which enacts the contract. I’m now in a bind. If I say they’ve violated their side of the agreement by not paying when they said they would (half on contract execution), they can say they just haven’t signed it yet. I can’t prove one way or the other, so I’m stuck. If I don’t live up to their expectations and requirements, though, you can bet I’d hear back from them about how I’m in breach of contract and they ain’t gonna pay me.
Either way, I lose, and that’s one of the things I’ve learned in this process.
Anyway, thanks for all your support and I’ll talk atcha when I can.
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