Thursday, March 04, 2010

If You Haven’t Got Anything Nice To Say…

STATUS: Springtime in the Rockies! It was 65 degrees and sunny today and I must admit, I left the office at 2:30 in order to take Chutney out for a run and enjoy the day. In exchange, I’m working all evening.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? TOMORROW PEOPLE by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers

Come sit next to me!

Last week, I pretty much spent every entry talking about contracts but today’s discussion tops the cake.

Just recently, a publisher made an offer for the next books from one of my clients. Excellent. But this publisher is also one of the big 6 that have announced that they are moving to the agency commission model for the sale of electronic books.

As ya’ll know based on my math lecture about net receipts last week, there are some key questions that really need to be answered about electronic books and exactly what 25% of net is going to mean.

So my contracts manager and I insisted on talking to contracts director before closing the deal.

The publisher’s response (and this is a paraphrase): they have no idea what the definition of net receipts will be and feel uncomfortable accepting the language we have put forth. Their suggestion? If the author would like to put the contract on hold until the company makes a corporate decision on this, then the author is free to do so. However, the publisher has no timeline for when this will be resolved.

Snort. That’s the solution?

Publishers. The world is changing. Quit dithering. We agents have to negotiate contracts now so maybe get on this. Telling us we can just put it on hold until you get your act together isn’t an alternative.

Rant over.