August 5, 2009
I am still on the phone with ______________ from Oceanview. We have agreed to disagree about blurbs, and now we’re onto the question of my web site.
I explain that I don’t have one yet, but I’m working on it, and it will be live at the end of September.
“Do you have a url?”
“Oh good.” These are the first genuine-sounding words to have come out of her mouth.
She wants the url. I explain that, since the site won’t be live until end-of-September, it makes no sense to publicize the url now. We go back and forth, and finally I understand her need: She wants the url now so it can be included in printed material that won’t be distributed for a couple of months. I promise to send her the url today, and further, that the site will be live end-of-September.
“Well, if you can do it any sooner, that would be great.” I reflect that this endless pushiness would server her well in a junior position at one of the large corporations that are my clients.
We hang up with civility. The call is over, but I can’t just let the situation with the blurbs slide. (See Post No. 32.) So I immediately call my agent, Kimberly Cameron.
I reprise the conversation with __________ and confess that I was about to tell her that if the blurb issue was a deal breaker I would return my advance and go elsewhere. Kimberley is of course glad that I held my tongue, and I tell her (in truth) that it was at least partly for her sake. She has worked so hard, and long ago I promised her to be calm and reasonable with any publisher she found.
“I’ll intervene,” she says without a moment’s hesitation.
I explain that I genuinely can’t help with blurbs, and ask her if there’s something in the contract I missed.
“It’s expected,” she explains. Apparently, in the old days, publishers just turned to their stable of writers and got one or two of them to say good things about one of their compatriots. But now, it’s up to the author. She then rattles off a list of her clients. “A got seven [blurbs]. B got nine. C has eight so far.”
Okay, I get the point.
To be continued…
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