Movin’ along

Negotiations are a good thing. To come to a mutual agreement, negotiations must ensue, unless you really don’t care what you get, or you trust your partner to always do what’s in your best interest, which would be a good thing, if nothing ever changed. Change is the culprit that ensures the need for negotiation.

That said, negotiations have been settled and the final contract is in the making. Wow! To think that in six months I can honestly and with conviction say… “I am a writer. Yes, this is true, anyone who writes can consider themselves a writer, but you see… I am a published writer… how about that!”

Wow, that sounds great. At this moment… life is good.

After Earth

So, I heard that the movie After Earth didn’t do so well in the box office. Since I’ve been looking forward to the show for the last year I decided to see it anyway and I wasn’t disappointed.

It was an awesome coming of age/ renewing familial relationships type movie that I thought was excellent. Who cares if half the things in the show aren’t plausible? It was great; and guess what, the ending was just all around feel good about life and life is good type of ending.

So let’s hear it for Will and Jaden Smith! This will definitely go into my collection.

 

 

Contracts

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.

Accepted!!

AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!

My book has been accepted by a publisher!!

After several moments of light-headed dizziness, which I still get if I think about it too much, I realized that I have a ton of questions and no one to answer them for me. I don’t have an agent, do I need an agent? I don’t know…

Do I just sign the contract or have a lawyer look at it? What happens if I do. It’s a pretty straight forward contract, not too difficult to understand as contracts go, but still, I’m hesitant – WHY? I’ve been waiting for several years for this opportunity, so do I take the bull by the horns and throw caution to the wind? I just don’t know.

Don’t worry, I won’t do anything rash, I will proceed with caution, though I most certainly don’t want to.

AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! I can’t believe it, I’ve been accepted by a publisher!

Whew, I think I’m going to pass out…

I’m gonna go now, I’ve got tons of people to inform. Is this how it feels to win the lottery? Maybe, I don’t know, but I imagines it’s pretty close…