Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Q & A 53 Agent for small press?
If my novel gets accepted by a small press, would it be an insult to the editor if I got an agent to help with the contract? I simply do not have '"contract brain cells." Would an agent even want to deal with an author on a contract for a small press, as there is typically so little money involved?
An insult? No. A surprise? Yes. I doubt an agent will be interested in 15% of your take on this book, so you'll have to convince him that taking you on will be lucrative in the long run. Which means he'll have to read your book. And if he doesn't like it, you're back to square one. (On the other hand, if he loves it, he may tell you he can get you a $30,000 advance from a major publisher.)
It would be faster to have someone to look over the contract for a fee, a lawyer, for instance. Agent or lawyer, you might end up spending as much as you'll make. Consider finding a sample contract online. There are some model contracts at http://sfwa.org/contracts/. And other places. Compare your contract to these. If you find a major discrepancy, ask Miss Snark if you're getting shafted. Tell her Evil Editor sent you--that way there's no chance she'll call you a nitwit.