So, I’ve been waiting months to hear back from a publisher I queried for my first novel, The Glass Man. On average, their wait time is two-hundred and forty days, and they don’t allow simultaneous submissions. That’s a long time to wait if the response is a rejection, but I waited anyway like a good little author.
By chance, I happened across a thread on my favourite writing site last night that listed a website called Predators and Editors.
It lists every Publisher and most agents, along with known issues and detailed information about their shortcomings. Apparently the publisher I’d been querying has a habit of publishing books without rights from the author to do so, often didn’t pay royalties due, and their contract is subpar compared to others in the industry.
I take everything I read with a grain of salt, but as a newbie to the publishing world, this startled and frightened me.
What do I know about publishing contracts?
How do I know if I’m getting screwed?
I guess that’s where an agent comes in, but then I think about the percentage they’ll take off the small amount I’ll earn. Is an agent worth the money they take off the top of my hard earned dollars?
I intend to find out. In the meantime, I’ve pulled my submission from my original publisher and sent it to another with a better reputation and contract. Their suggested return time is 6-8 weeks. That length of time I can deal with happily, and I feel more confident going in with at least a little education about their reputation in the industry.
As for whether or not I’ll pursue an agent–I’ll let you know.