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The Truth About Contracts
This is a suberb post on contracts – if you’re a writer, you need to read it in full:
Contracts are meant to be negotiated. They are not set in stone until both parties sign it.
Yes, you might lose a deal if you stand firm on some contract terms, but you won’t lose a deal if you negotiate your contract. So many writers think that negotiation is wrong, that it will offend your editor/publisher, and that it’s better to be published than it is to negotiate.
Those writers are wrong. Worse, they’re willing victims. The first drafts of any contract are the worst drafts of that contract. Some clauses in that contract are there to see how poor a negotiator the person on the other side is. If you accept the contract with all of the original clauses in place, then you’re volunteering to be screwed. Bottom line.
For the full text check Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s excellent blog http://kriswrites.com/2012/08/01/the-business-rusch-the-future-and-balance-deal-breakers-2012/