I've had some correspondence with the very nice and responsive folks at Lyrical, and I'm really happy to report that they have made a number of changes to their contract that resolve the confusing language issues, and make the contract much more author-friendly overall.

The kill fee remains, and while I'm never happy to see something like that in a contract, I can respect Lyrical's reasons for including it, and believe them when they tell me it's not something they anticipate invoking very often.

Kudos to Lyrical's staff for their cordial response to suggestions and their willingness to make author-positive changes.

- Victoria