Before I get into the rant that I know this post will become, let me state my credentials. In addition to my work as a writer, I am a multiple-award-winning editor. I have edited short fiction and novels since 1986. I have trained copy editors, not just for the magazines I edited, but also for major publishing companies. I have saved books destroyed by line […]
Most writers check their traditional book contracts for the advance, the payout, and the due dates. They don’t look at anything else. Writer after writer, and editor after editor, have told me this.
I always look toward the editing clauses first. Because if they’re ugly, the rest of the contract usually is as well.
This applies to all kinds of writing for traditional markets, especially for nonfiction and short fiction. I’ve seen terrible editing clauses in those contracts, and what’s ironic is that those clauses often seem to be the most innocuous.
What you want is complete control of the content of your work.
Writers miss opportunities all the damn time, because writers are hard to reach. I don’t know why they think they need to be hard to reach, but they are.
This week, I finished reading a bad book by one of my favorite authors. Well, “finished reading” isn’t accurate. “Paged through the last half” is probably better. The book was astoundingly bad. The author decided to go 50 Shades of Grey on me when she’d never written more than a fade-to-black sex scene before. But that wasn’t the worst. The worst was that her protagonist […]
Recently, the Passive Voice blog pointed out a post on editing by Lynn Price of Behler Publications. Behler Publications is an independent traditional publisher which buys manuscripts and turns them into finished books, distributing them to various book outlets and sending authors royalty statements. Behler has a contractual relationship with its authors. I state all of that because some of the comments in the PV […]
What an exciting day. Today marked the end of the Fiction River Kickstarter project. We initially set a fundraising goal of $6,000. We figured we’d need that to pay for part of the first issue of Fiction River. For those of you who don’t know what that is, Dean and I are starting an anthology series called Fiction River. Six issues will appear each year, with some […]
What an amazing 24 hours. Dean Wesley Smith and I posted our Kickstarter project, Fiction River, on Sunday night, and we received 80+ percent of the funding we initially asked for by Monday night. As I write this, we’re at 90 percent. Kickstarter’s staff has also helped with the project by making Fiction River one of the staff picks. We always hoped that Fiction River would […]
The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review has just posted an interview with me covering various topics: writing, editing, Diving Into The Wreck, hats, and much more! Go play on the website. It’s a fun one. You can find it here.