Okay, so after one of my bestest friends encouraged me to submit Darkspell's query letter to her publisher, TreasureLine, and after much praying, I went ahead and jumped at the opportunity to go for it.
I had submitted my query thinking; the worst they can say is yes, right? And that yes means a life forever changed! I can be a chicken when it comes to change.
I know the saying goes: The worst they can say is no. So why didn't I think that? Because if they said no, my life would go on as if it never happened.
So this is what happened:
My publisher sent me a mock contract to see if we were made for each other. Guess what? After I submitted the MS, I got sick. Literally. I felt all sorts of morning sickness and lost sleep.
But I didn't say yes until I knew for sure that this was a perfect match.
All those strange words! So technical! So I spent the next several hours digging around the internet and only found a few that helped:
The first link taught me about ebooks and royalties to an extent, the second was more what I needed--but still, I had to know...
What better way to get gross detail than a bunch of published authors? I posted my question on my yahoo group and after about a day of grueling suspense, no one answered. I was distraught!
Then I prayed and asked Heavenly Father who the perfect author was to grill, and BAM! It hit me. I called her and she described every dirty detail to me and after she said it sounded "safe"*, I prayed more.
I thought long and hard on certain things and created an ongoing correspondence with my publisher, requesting negotiations. I printed our emails and filed them. After deciding, she sent me the true contract and then I printed it, signed it, and snail mailed it.
Silly me, but even after all this, I still asked myself if I was ready like a nervous groom at his own wedding!
And now I'm married to Darkspell. We're four months strong and going! Like any relationship, it takes time, hard work, dedication, lots of love, and patience.
Do you have a contract nightmare you'd like to share?
*bear in mind that this is a business and the contracts are created with the publisher's interest in mind, not necessarily yours. I've learned as I researched that many authors don't take the time to read the fine lines because of their over-enthusiastic nature in getting their book published.