The Street Smart Writer: Self Defense Against Sharks and by Jenna Glatzer

By Jenna Glatzer

Aspiring writers how you can stay away from frauds and unsavory offers during this instruction manual for purchasing released. The editor of and a professional publishing legal professional percentage their services to assist writers spot a good agent or supervisor, make certain the worth of self-importance publishing, and keep away from getting conned out of thousands, or perhaps hundreds of thousands, of bucks whilst signing a freelance. Sections on writing contests educate writers the best way to make sure which contests are lifeless; different sections provide pointers on keeping off expensive meetings and shady seminars. a distinct concentrate on copyright guarantees that writers defend their paintings from schemers who are looking to use creativity with out buying it. Appendices comprise pattern publishing, agent, and supervisor contracts.

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In the case of the AAR, some of the important qualifications are as follows: • ŠŠŠThe agent must have been working as a literary or dramatic agent as a primary business for at least two years. • ŠŠŠThe agent must have been responsible for authors' deals on ten or more literary properties in the preceding eighteen months, or five or more stage productions for playwrights in the preceding two years. In other words, you may encounter a newer agent who does adhere to the AAR's Canon of Ethics and has made sales, but hasn't been in business long enough or made enough deals yet to qualify for membership.

There's no good reason to tie up your work with an incompetent agent. It's generally not too difficult to get out of a contract with an agent, although it may take some time. Many agents require one- to six-months' written notice of termination; other agency agreements have terms of one to three years; still others just require that you submit the cancellation request in writing. The agent has the right to continue collecting commissions on any deals she's already made for you (which probably isn't a factor if you're ditching her for incompetence), and you're free to seek representation elsewhere.

Amy Brozio-Andrews, my right-hand woman. • ŠŠŠThe Glatzers and the Policastros for their never-ending support and love. • ŠŠŠThe writers who psychically email me just at those moments when I'm ready to throw in the towel, to let me know that I made a difference. • ŠŠŠEveryone at Nomad Press for being terrific to work with. • ŠŠŠAnthony, who says "I love you" a hundred times a day and always finds my shoes. I wish there were no need for this book. " But after reflecting on it for, oh, ten minutes, I realized I could write a book the length of War and Peace about scams and unsavory characters in the writers' world.

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