10 Responses to “No no no no no…”

  1. Karen Scott January 7, 2008 at 8:18 PM #

    She’s gotta pay them $400? Jesus.

  2. Jana J. Hanson January 7, 2008 at 8:36 PM #

    Holy crap! I’m glad the author asked before signing.

  3. Lauren January 7, 2008 at 8:44 PM #

    cringe. Jesus on a pony!

  4. Jaci Burton January 7, 2008 at 9:36 PM #

    Holy shit! Please tell me lots and lots of people told her to run for her life?

  5. Angie January 7, 2008 at 9:48 PM #

    Some people are saying the contract looks pretty standard with the exception of the $400. *sigh*

    This is why a contract lawyer and/or agent is an amazing thing.

  6. Diana Castilleja January 7, 2008 at 11:21 PM #

    I’m so glad they thought to ask! Good grief! I was shuddering at #2. Those types of phrases almost guarantee a fee against the author. It’s a contract loophole to “fix” editing that should have been done correctly to begin with.

    And wth are they saying? $400??? Not in this lifetime bub.

  7. Laura January 8, 2008 at 8:29 AM #

    Oh wow. At $400 plus editing fees, she should just self-publish.

  8. Jennah January 8, 2008 at 10:18 AM #

    Oh dear. Not good. I hope she ran!

  9. Jules Jones January 8, 2008 at 7:09 PM #

    Not just a rip-off publisher, but a rip-off agent as well.

  10. Kerry Allen January 10, 2008 at 8:13 AM #

    Ripoff publisher and ripoff agent are probably one and the same, and would probably be delighted to recommend an attorney who occupies the P.O. box right next to theirs…

    I am continually surprised by the naivety of some people. I just asked my 11-year-old, “Should you pay anyone to publish your book?” She responded, “Uh, no, mom, they’re supposed to pay you.” If you don’t have the common sense of an 11-year-old, you shouldn’t be signing anything, ever.

    And I dearly love not being able to afford to consult an attorney but not batting an eye at writing a check for $400 to make the contract valid.

    Hey, send me your $400 instead. My kid will give you all kinds of advice.

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