Friday, September 26, 2008

Ciao from Italia

I had a brief moment to write between sessions.

We were discussing contracts this morning and a couple of issues came up regarding what agents are looking for in contracts we negotiate. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but one issue that came up that we were all in agreement with was the issue of writers lack of an understanding of the business.

Now, do not get me wrong here. I understand that you have an agent to deal with the logistics and legalize, but you need to know the basics of what we can and can not ask for. It makes it really difficult to work with a writer that is really unaware of what the contract negotiations entail. This is something I have talked about for some time now - that being a writer needing to understand something of the business before jumping into it with both feet.

Remember that for most new writers, there is only so much we can negotiate. You simply do not have the numbers or the proof that you can produce. We will, however, do all that we can to get you the best deal.

Time to get to a new session.


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