In a similar way many of you here have heard me talk about before, and heard Kris talk about in varied articles, and heard The Passive Guy outline clearly, Joe Konrath is now also talking about publishing contracts and the clauses that take advantage of writers. (It’s a very long post about many contract clauses.)
I said before that I respect myself too much to ever give away all my rights to a traditional publisher ever again. (Or give all my money and paperwork to a stranger, but that’s another topic.) I have tried to negotiate the “forever” rights clause and the reversion clause and the warranty clauses, without much luck. Traditional publishers want everything and promise to do almost nothing, and give us no way out of any contract if they do not do even the basic things as promised.
Again, I have no issue working with traditional publishers if they will just treat me with a little respect in the process. And let me balance the contract a little by keeping the aspects of my book they do not need or will use. And only agree to a decent term of years. I do not need more money, just some respect.
Go read Joe’s new blog. Worth the time. http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2012/05/unconscionability.html