Paying the Viking's Price

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Contract

My contract for the gladiator novel arrived in the post this morning. It looked very striaght forward. It is a long document but if you know anything about contracts, you simply follow the bouncing ball. Besides with Harlequin Mils and Boon, it is very much a take it or leave it contract.

The funny part was that I had to deliver a copy of the manuscript on floppy or paper on or before 15 June 2005. As the date has already passed, I assume I fulfilled the requirement!!

They have an option on my next work of a similair nature and /or my next work with major characters from this one. Not a problem. They will have 90 days to decide on what they want to do with the next one, so much less time than it took them to decide on GH. This is good!

In the appendix there were bits about line edits for North America. Fingers crossed that this means it will be published in North America and it is not simply a standard clause.

In any case, it is a wonderful feeling to be a contracted M&B author.

As for publication, there was simply the standard wording of within thirty six months, so I expect I will find out in due course.

4 comments:

Michelle said...

Michelle--thanks so much for sharing the information about contracts. :)

On the 90 days, is it 90 days from submission of your next work to decide if they want it or 90 days from publication of your book? I've heard that some publishers tweak the option clause a bit.

Hope you received the number of author copies you wanted!

Best wishes!

Alex Bordessa said...

Very much looking forward to seeing the gladiator book on the shelves!

Michelle Styles said...

Michelle,

It is 90 days from when I submit the next mss.
Then if I am asked to do revisions on that mss, I have 30 days to do the revisions.
It is all very striaght forward.
I am not yet under a deadline. That doesn't happen until AFTER they accept your second (or sometimes later) book.

Alex-- Hopefully this will lead to increase in popularity of the time period as a romance setting. One can always hope!

Nell Dixon said...

Sounds very exciting!