>Yeah, it’s me. I’ve been a slacker. Oh, I’ve got a good reason, the new boss is keeping me REALLY busy during the day, and my new Master (Alpha Deadline) has me on a short leash at night.
So I was trying to figure out a quick post to write last week, and I started one (honest, I did), but it started to get long and tangled. So I thought, nope, use the KISS principle.
Thus I intend to cheat. Well not really, but here’s the deal. I sold to NY. It’s a LOT different than ePub. Just like no two ePubs operate the same. This epiphany made me realize that herein lies the possibility of several posts that may be short, may be useful, but are definitely ideas.
Here goes. ePubs are quick. You contract a book and in most cases your book is up within six months or so. Well, this is where I got into trouble with the original post. As ePub mature, there are publishers who are finding themselves pushing out publication of their eBooks. Samhain is a good example. When I contracted Dangerous and Mirage, I was on the schedule and pubbed in six months. Now I understand the schedule has been pushed out even futher. (Angie if you’re reading this, correct me). Now that time frame isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a reflection of the changing face of publishing in general.
Now, here’s the process. I’m going to try and track my journey from the first call from Deidre to the first royalty check (all of which will transpire over about a 24 month period if I calculate correctly). While sharing my journey of this cool next step in my career, I’ll try and compare my ePub experience in terms of how things happen.
If you feel the need to comment on the post, please do not comment for/against a publisher. I’ve been dealt with fairly with all my publishers so I refuse to argue with people who may not like any one publisher. There are always unhappy campers everywhere. EVEN in NY given the word-of-mouth stories I’ve heard via the ear. People are generally smart enough not to put these stories in emails, and others might experience them but won’t discuss them. But I digress.
ePub Contract Offer
My first sale was to New Concepts Publishing. I got an email from one of the editors with the offer of a contract. I accepted. Contract was mailed to me, I reviewed, made a couple of changes and sent it back in to NCP. There was no advance. That was the process. It’s was almost the same process with Samhain. The difference is that the contract was different and Samhain offers a small advance.
New York Contract
First the Offer
My first NY sale was to Berkley Publishing and the fantabulous Cindy Hwang (who has an awesome assistant, Leis). My agent put out the proposal to different publishers around the end of May 2009. As I’d been told, NY moves slow. About mid-October Deidre calls and says. Cindy LOVES the proposal, but she wants to talk to you. I’m going,OMG, OMG (all of this while I’m at the day job). Wait, why does she want to talk to me? Well, she has some concerns. I’m going Oh God No!!! To come so close, only to die offstage. Deidre reassures me, and says you’ll be fine.
Now this is all taking place on a Friday around 3pm. Deidre says so do you want to talk to her today or Monday. I’m like WHAT! No, I’ll talk to her today. I hate it when things are stretched out. FAR too painful. So Deidre arranges a time for Cindy to call me.
Now keep in mind, the proposal I turned in is one I’ve not touched since the end of April, middle of May, and I’ve been knee deep in a new book. So I’m trying to remember what the hell the plot line is for this proposal, who’s doing what to whom, etc. I print out the synopsis, but before I can review it, the day job rears its head. I get lost for 20 minutes and when I go back to the synopsis, the cell phone is ringing. OMG it’s Cindy!!!!!!
She’s really nice and says she loves my voice. There is nothing sweeter to an author’s ears than when an editor (especially one as awesome as Cindy) says I love your voice. With the great ego strokes out of the way, she starts asking questions, and I’m going, oh God, I’m blowing this whole deal. I don’t have the courage to tell her I can’t remember certain things, and when I say the story lines are convoluted I’m certain I’ve signed my own death warrant.
So she says, well, let me talk to Deidre. That was it, we hang up and I’m dancing around like I’ve sold, and then I realize, wait, she didn’t tell me she’d buy the series, she just said she’d talk to Deidre. WHAT!
About 15 minutes later, Deidre calls and says that Cindy wants to contract for three books for XXX dollars (Per an agreement with Deidre, I do not share numbers) But THREE books! That’s so totally awesome. I mean three fricking books when the economy is going to hell in a hand basket. I am sooooo lucky. So unbeliveably lucky. I don’t care what anyone says. Lady Luck is the queen that rules the day on a first-time NY sale with talent a miniscule piece of the pie.
So that’s what happened over a fast-paced three hours. Over the next several days, I had to make a decision as to when I could make my first deadline and then other deadlines followed that. I’m now wondering if I shouldn’t have gone an extra month further out. With a dragon breathing down my neck, I’m pushing the BP up a notch or two. With the deadlines settle upon, the book was then scheduled for publication and there were a couple other issues settled upon before the deal was sealed and I could announce my next step up the career ladder.
The Contract & Advance
The offer came mid-October. I finally got a contract to sign around the end of January. I had NO idea it would take that long. I signed the contract and mailed it off to Berkley. My advance arrived about 25 days later via my agent who took her 15% of the monies as agreed upon per our contract together.
That’s four months from contract offer to advance check receipt. I’ve heard from other authors that sometimes it can go as long as six months.
So that’s the end of this post. And yes…I do remember using the word short earlier, but since when am I EVER brief. Please you can buy stock on how bearish I’m going to be about my journey. Next week it’s another step with a new contract, which is a little different in terms of reaction.