January 18th, 2006

books

someone else's queries

So... nihilistic_kid went to Writer's House to visit with his agent yesterday and had an interesting conversation with the submissions coordinator (that's what I'm going to call him). I particularly liked this quote: "we have 400 clients, and 500 of them are crazy." I would have said eccentric *g* if I were talking about my client list. In any case, it sounds like a pretty accurate look at how this works, though we don't have a submissions pool like theirs. Of course, I was reading this first thing in the morning as I have my ritual cup of tea, still sort of reeling from the query binge that I had last night (in which 38 out of 97 queries still had SASE's with the old postage rate) and was also struck by: "Of the submissions, most fall into two groups: talented writers with nothing that makes them unique or sets them apart, and writers with lots of creativity who can't write."


E.T.A.: So, of course that means that I want: "talented writers with lots of creativity" -- which answers that oft-asked conference question: "What are you looking for?"
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    Merrie Amsterburg - Heart of My Mind
books

learn something new every day

In the contract I was just reviewing my author was asked to waive their right of integrity. This was from a publisher I haven't dealt with before, and I haven't seen it previously referenced, so I looked it up. Turns out it's part of the "moral rights" and defined as: "The right of integrity bars intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification of a work if that distortion is likely to harm the author's reputation, and prevents the destruction of any work of recognized stature." (from Moral Rights Basics by Betsy Rosenblatt, Harvard Law School)

And it would have been the last contract on my desk, too, if another one hadn't shown up in my fax machine this morning. Onwards!
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    Tanya Donelly - Mysteries Of The Unexplained