I have died and gone to heaven today. John Scalzi got a hold of yet another contract from yet another imprint of Random House called Alibi.
For two years now, as this shifted in New York, Kris and I started seeing contracts from writers that are this bad and sometimes worse. We have been shouting the same thing that Scalzi is shouting about now. Over and over. So much, we sort of slowed down in fear of seeming like we were repeating ourselves.
So today, in one day, John Scalzi, a major supporter of traditional publishing, suddenly woke up and saw the light of what was being done to writers, not him, but to other writers in contracts from major traditional publishers.
And he’s angry. Wonderfully so.
Read his second article of the day on Random House imprint Alibi and how he goes point-by-point through the contract. You will learn something, everyone, because in all honesty, this kind of contract is getting pretty standard now from many, many traditional publishers. John thinks agents would help writers away from these contracts, but sadly, he is still clueless on that account. Many writers have signed this kind of contract on the advice of their agent.
And some agent contracts are even worse than this book contract. His post is worth the read.