Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
-- E.L. Doctorow
nce upon a time, the author's task was simple: All she had to do was write a book and hand it over to an acquisitions editor. The publisher did almost everything else. It's a romantic notion, to
be sure: a creative type only wants to create. We know the feeling.
But in the immortal words of Bob Dylan, the times, they are a-changin'. With the rise of self-published titles flooding the market, the landscape is now more competitive than ever. The publishing houses no longer employ vast teams of editors and readers, and their huge marketing budgets are a thing of the past. The equation has been flipped, and today almost everything is up to you.
For the average writer this means less time writing, more time tending a business, and a steeper learning curve. For something this important, you might not want to go it alone.
So, what can we do for you? If you work in the publishing industry (or if you'd like to), it's probably plenty. Our people have been around the block a few times, in almost every capacity imaginable. We've written and edited books, we've organized writers' events, and taught and counseled thousands of authors and would-be's. We know what publishers are looking for, and we can help you get there. Let us know how we can help. Contract analysis $75 per draft. All other services $80 per hour, minimum one hour.
In the crowded new world of publishing, it's getting harder and harder to find your way to success. If you've been frustrated in your journey to publication, let's talk. We can review your writings, and discuss what you've done so far. We'll identify the good, the bad, and the ugly. That is, what you did right, what you did wrong, and what you can do differently in the future.
So you think you got cheated in a publishing deal, and can't be sure if you have a case. Or you need to defend yourself in a lawsuit, but don't know how. Let us evaluate your situation, review your contracts, and offer expert testimony. We can't offer legal advice, but we know how the business works. We can tell you if you got a raw deal, or if your opponent has a legitimate case against you.
Good news! You've received an offer from a publisher. Should you accept it? Let us look over that contract with you; chances are that almost every line can be tweaked to your advantage: Royalty, advance, reserve, author purchase discount. Which rights should you give up, and which should you keep? We've never seen a contract that we couldn't sweeten for the benefit of our author.