Tales in Publishing: Contract
Tales in Publishing:
Regardless, it felt surreal when I submitted a short story and got approval (TIP: Acceptance ). I still couldn't believe it. But then the publishing company sent me the contract. I opened it and read through carefully, wondering if I should consult a lawyer friend. However, it was pretty straightforward, had a competitive royalty percentage, and I had done my research of the market prior so everything was sound. There was no advance except in the form of free books for reviewers, but this I had come to expect from the industry unless you get in with the big time conglomerates. Since it is an anthology and royalties are split, I knew it wasn't going to be a money making endeavor, but to be published in an actual book was paramount. It will fluff my writing resume and help me get my foot in the door for my manuscripts.
All these hopes for the future were flurrying through my mind as I tried to focus and read. And then it all came to a blissful crashing reality when I electronically signed it. It was now real. I officially sold the rights to this story. I was on cloud nine. I told people. I got confident and excited. I have a reason to blog again and now renewed energy to revise the pile of manuscripts I have instead of creating more new novels to let them sit. I'm going back into the trenches and going to try to get a full-length manuscript published.
For the time being, I'm going to report on the stages of getting published, so to be continued.