JerseyGirl1962 said:And I don't see any address, either. Where the heck are they located?
...why we can accept your materials for marketing. But if we accept the manuscript for marketing at once there is no agent contract until the publisher says yes.
There is never a fee if the manuscript must be revised once or twice and returned per the Associate Reader's suggestions.
Just clean the carpet after, okay?victoriastrauss said:"Clueless" doesn't cover it.
Making Light got Warren Whitlock; I get this guy. OK?
Correct. Although some agents work via "handshake", there's a still an implied contract subject to all sort of fun legal junk (at least in CA). I'm thinking that when he sends the contract, that's when the fees come..."pay us or the deal's off".I don't have an agent, so I don't know if this is standard practice or not, but all the legit agent sites have seen have at least indicated they would sign a contract with you and then try to get you published.
Gaah. I've yet to actually visit the site, and I think I'll spare myself the headache. *throb*book_maven said:Ooooh, I love it! Bad clip art and this--right on the first page.
We want to provide you with the kind of helpful guidance to sell your manuscript to the best publisher in the world. Or unfortunately we must reject your submission. That does not mean we have given up totally if you can craft the submission into the format required by our strict standards.
Please read our contracts article on the home page, our most requested subject
CaoPaux said:Gaah. I've yet to actually visit the site, and I think I'll spare myself the headache. *throb*
I think he’s talking about a contract with the publisher. (Quotes un-capped and re-paragraphed.)And remember only if you have a contract with us do we ever advance funds.
Reading this, one would think he had a tenuous grasp on How Things Work, but just can’t write worth a damn. Then we find this:Most asked questions: Author Contracts:
Contracts take from six to eight weeks once an editor reaches agreement to publish your manuscript through our agency.
First upon accepting the new manuscript, the editor prepares a done deal memo.
Next this memo is handed to the parties concerned in the publisher's contract department where it is used as an outline for the formal contract. You get a copy of the done deal memo too.
After this contract is read by the company acquisitions editor, it travels to an officer of the company for approvals, then the contract department takes it and issues a copy to the agent and author.
After the agent and author review the contract for the agreed upon deal points, the final signed contract is returned to the publisher. It can take up to a month or two months to agree on the deal points in some cases.
Once returned to the publishing company again, the contracts must be reviewed and then must be signed before copies of the completed contract are mailed to you. At that time a voucher is issued, directing the accounts payable folks to cut a check for your advance payment.
This check then goes to the controller or authority in charge of disbursements to sign. Then this "advance" is mailed to the agent who removes his ten percent and mails the other ninty percent to you. After returned books that did not sell are subtracted from the company accounts, the final royalty check owed by the publisher is mailed to the payee,
In publishing all things take time, not to mention the time it took you to produce the manuscript. The contract cash advance must meet a breakeven point through public sales of the book before you begin to recieve royalties. How much? That depends on your contractual agreement points.
He invites folks to review unpubbed work…Dave, how’s that collection for gorm going?Prepublication Reviewers
If you are a newspaper, radio, television, satellite radio, advertising, marketing, film studio or media person with credentials and time to spare reviwing an exciting manuscript--
If you'd like to help screenplay writers--
If you like discovering talented fiction writers--
If you are a hard back or paperback reviewer for a newspaper who know talent when you see it --
Then we want to send you a manuscript of screenplay for an honest review that we think has promise;
Please email us. We find exciting fiction and nonfiction writers who need opinionated marketing reviews for their efforts. There is no payment involved. And you might discover a new screenwriter or author who might never get published without your help. Also you may want to quote their work for your own publicity reasons.