I co-wrote two novels with a minor public figure -- someone who was really quite talented and had terrific story ideas but not a lot of technical skill. In other words, he gave me the story outlines and I wrote them up. Both sold to a major publisher -- one's in print and one will be coming out next year. The public figure got the "written by" credit and I happily got the "edited by" credit and all the profits were split 50/50. I was content with that as it was his notoriety that got the first book in the door of the publishing house -- yes, and it was my technical skill that kept it from being booted out, but that's not the problem as I am happy with the initial arrangement. We have been working on a third book but recently he told me that he met and signed with an agent. Hmmmm. Since we are a co-credited pair WITH a publisher, I didn't see the point. First, it seems like I should have been asked to meet with the agent too. Second, I'm not sure if he should be handing over chapters of the "new one" without my permission. I admit I may be overreacting and being silly. This may be the way it's done. But then again, maybe not. Let me say that since the publication of the first two, I've received a number of offers for my "editing" at the same or better rate/deal but have turned them down because I felt I was building a career with the first author. Yeah, I could be naive to how things are done. Anybody?