That's enough to make my hair stand on end. They charge all that to the writer? That's so wrong. Utterly nonstandard. Bad, bad, bad.I've seen several Hilliard & Harris contracts, and they're author-unfriendly in a number of ways, including the Grant of Rights, which is much too sweeping and endures for much too long (10 years), and the royalty clause, which allows the publisher to deduct a menu of costs from the book's income, including printing, shipping, sales transaction fees, bookseller discounts, insurance, and the costs of promoting and marketing the book. It would be easily possible to manipulate things so that the author never received any income at all. There's also a very restrictive Option/Noncompetition clause.
vrauls said:Kensington, by the way, is a large traditional publisher with a good reputation.
CaoPaux said:Any further dealings?I didn't check out Absolute Write before I contacted Hilliard and Harris. The end result was that H&H asked to see my manuscript. I was about to mail it today when I decided to check AW out first. Needless to say, I am not mailing the manuscript to H&H.
But I would love to be able to send it to Kensington Books, without having to go through the ordeal of finding an agent that doesn't charge a fee for "office expenses".
edorothyb said:How does a writer without an agent get Kensington to even look at their work?