So, I have been offered a series' contract. Hooray! It is the series I started writing to do and, whilst they are my first books and all that entails, I'm proud of them.
The contract is with a small publisher and they are negotiable on areas of the contract I am not happy with - right to future works etc - and it's a profit share model. This publisher has signed a lot of authors in the last few weeks and are proactive in their plans. None of their existing books can be found on a Nielson search, although they are on Amazon.
I am well set up to self pub with art work for the first two books and the first book edited by a top sff editor and ready to go, and the second beta read to an inch of its life.
In addition to this, my third book, a YA standalone, is on an R and R with a top agency and the agent of my dreams. But that agent would not rep this series (wrong demograph) so it will always standalone.
I also have a second offer for the series with a start up publisher who is offering an advance, promo etc, but has no experience (but who I trust.)
The book is still in the Harper Voyager window and hasn't been subbed a great deal as it had been in a number of slow, big windows.
To top it all off, the book I have had an offer on, the first of the trilogy, is under full consideration with another huge sff agency, Mira and Crossed Genres.
Any thoughts? Would I be mad to take the offer?