Who’d’ve thunk so many phrases and clauses went into an arrangement between a publisher and an author. I’ve sorted through the terminology, Googled the many writing blogs, pages, sites, etc, to find what it all means and what I should and shouldn’t do/ look for/ insist on/ suggest… holy crow, and this isn’t even a big publishing house!

I do know the publishers and trust them, but at the same time, I know the importance of coming to an understanding and getting everything in writing. Contracts are just agreements detailed on paper. Trusting the people you contract with is just an added bonus.

Just a side note for anyone leery of contracting with friends and family members, never be afraid of writing down your agreements, it’s just a very good way of eliminating confusion. How many arguments have been started with: “But I thought…”

Even with your child it’s good practice to write down expectations, allowing them to put in their own conditions teaches negotiation skills, a nuisance when they’re teens, but invaluable when they’re adults.

So, sifting through the contract? We’ll see. I love research, I just hope I researched thoroughly enough to live happily ever after. It dawned on me while talking to Michael that being a published author was an unrealized dream.

Let’s hear it for dreams that come true… well, if all goes well anyways.

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