By Jenna Glatzer
Aspiring writers the right way to stay away from frauds and unsavory bargains during this instruction manual for purchasing released. The editor of AbsoluteWrite.com and a pro publishing lawyer percentage their services to assist writers spot a decent agent or supervisor, make sure the worth of self-importance publishing, and keep away from getting conned out of hundreds of thousands, or perhaps hundreds of thousands, of bucks whilst signing a freelance. Sections on writing contests train writers how you can be certain which contests are lifeless; different sections supply tips about warding off high priced meetings and shady seminars. a different specialise in copyright guarantees that writers shield their paintings from schemers who are looking to use creativity with no procuring it. Appendices comprise pattern publishing, agent, and supervisor contracts.
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These are lame excuses to get into your wallet. I have trouble with agents who charge for any expenses at all, as, in my opinion, this is part of the cost of an agent's business and shouldn't be passed along to the writer. However, I'll admit that this is an idealistic viewpoint and many perfectly reputable agents do charge their clients nominal fees for submissions expenses. The major difference between what's acceptable and what's not is when and how you're charged. An agent may charge you $4 for mailing your manuscript to a particular publisher.
A decent agent does not charge any up-front fees, but does take a cut (usually 10 percent for screenplays, 15 percent for books) of all of your earnings for that work. Be careful to avoid the temptation of using the friend-of-a-friend attorney who doesn't specialize in publishing or entertainment law, but will give you a discount. That's not good enough. You need someone who is skilled at understanding every nuance of an intellectual property contract. org) and asking for a free contract advisor.
Org This is the Agent Database of the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR), a not-for-profit organization of literary and dramatic agents. As of this writing, there are 350 agents in the database, and it's free to search. Contact information includes postal addresses, web site addresses, and email addresses if the agent accepts email queries. The profiles tell you if they're accepting new clients and what they represent. html This is the searchable database of Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) signatory agencies, and is a good place to look for basic contact information if you're a screenwriter.