Mark Terry’s post reminded me of the Simon & Schuster contract thing. All this talk about negotiating and publishers and agents and authors leaves me ... thoughtful.
What happened to loyalty?
I feel indebted to my publisher, and I feel like it’s part of my job not just to promote my books, but to promote my publishers. If they need something that I can easily provide, I figure it’s in my best interest to help. It’s in my best interest for them to succeed, so that they can continue to pay me.
Y’all know I’m a peon, published by a tiny-pub. I like it, especially since I’m learning that they sometimes pay more than some big pubs. (I don’t make that much; I’m just saying that some big pubs only give out $1,000 - $2,000 advances for over 80,000 words!)
But I’ve always felt very loyal to my employers. Essentially, they feed and house me. I’ve always felt that it’s part of my job to promote my employers. Just the same, it’s in their best interest to take care of their employees.
It’s not just in the publishing world, that there’s not much talk of loyalty. In corporate America, it’s the same way. You can see the evidence in the massive lay-offs, etc.
I’m just saying.
When I write, I don’t just feel the pressure of my bills, of my family, of my readers. I also feel that I need to make money for my publisher. If I had an agent, you can believe that I would be sitting on my manuscript, worrying about whether or not it would pay for my agent’s daughter’s ballet shoes.
Insane? Maybe. True? Yep.
No matter which way you turn the problem, publishers, authors, and readers all need each other. We all need to take some responsibility for each other’s successes, because we are all an important part of each other’s success.
Why does it seem that American society has forgotten to factor loyalty into their profit margin?