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    but the stuff she talks about is boilerplate in almost every one of the reputable publishers in my area of publishing. The right of first refusal is one that's traditionally outlined as broadly as possible (for the publisher's benefit) and either excised altogether or sliced down to as specific as possible (to keep the author from becoming an indentured servant) but it is indeed in there. I don't know a single big house that didn't at least try, if not insist.

    These days, they are sliding in non-compete clauses to prevent authors from self-pubbing side stories the publisher isn't even interested in.

    This stuff is happening. And it's nothing new under the sun. Yes, agents knew the business, but in the past two or three years, the business has changed so much that there are a lot of agents who are just as in the dark about publishing's changing face as average people on the street.

    I'm sincerely glad it hasn't happened to you, and I hope that when you review your contracts, you don't find any unpleasant surprises.

    And honestly, please don't be embarrassed. Authors have traditionally been "mushroomed" in terms of the business end of things. Contracts are all individually tailored, even from book to book, and nobody knows every "gentlemen's agreement" standard that gets the handshake at conferences, lunches, or meetings. We all make the publishing world a better place when we talk to each other. And remind each other that what we do has value (and we deserve to be paid for our efforts).

    If Rusch's articles aren't to your taste (or her hubby and fellow writer Dean Wesley Smith's blog--which includes a lot of neat freebie fics, too!), AC Crispin maintains the Writer Beware blog.

    How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

    by athenap on Fri May 24, 2013 at 06:28:12 PM PDT

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