Talk about endless bloody useless waste of time.
Time to put on the bunny slippers and go to bed because tommorow has just got to be better.
8:00am Miss Snark is not caffeinated, nor awake. She is however on the telephone.
This is not a good sign. People who do not understand Miss Snark's office hours should rot in ..I dunno...Jerry Springer's green room maybe.
8am is early afternoon for our German friends and this call was from a potential client who lives in Germany. I've been able to send her some translation job leads but her work has never been quite right for my list. She's calling now to double check on some details. Phone call: 20 minutes. Glad she's paying.
8:30 am coffee. More phone. Sorting out art work on a project. Downloading pdf files and photoshop files and printing things. This was supposed to be really simple. Why isn't it?
Inevitably I end up printing things four times because I see things on paper that I haven't seen on the screen.
9:00 am Back to client files. Follow up on a myriad of details. This is the job that takes three hours on a Monday, and today takes 45 minutes.
10:00 am phone call with a client who just needs reassurance.
10:15 am...oh great. A publisher failed to register a copyright. This is basically meaningless but it's yet ANOTHER example of a small publisher who is disorganized and cutting costs in all sorts of stupid ways. I've searched the copyright office website. Neither my author, nor her title are there. I call the copyright office. I've dealt with them on public domain issues before and sing their praises. They are fast, they are polite, they are helpful. They are like librarians. I'd like every single tax dollar I shell out to go directly to them.
I download the forms for registering the copyright. I call the publisher to ask if Im just missing something.
Copyright is in place from the moment the work is created. Not registering with the copyright office doesn't mean the author is not protected. What it does mean is that if some scummy skanky beast lifts her work, she can't collect damages. She can file a lawsuit to have his work removed from the marketplace, but damages require copyright registration.
It costs all of $30. This small publisher isn't the first to skip out on this stuff. I read about a MAJOR publisher doing the same several months ago. Now it's just one of the things I check about six months after a book is published. Dot the i's, cross the t's. It's why having an agent is more than just making sales.
11:45 fuck. A prospective client calling about the offer. I told her to consult a publishing attorney. She consulted a "contracts lawyer". Those people think it's their job to find every possible place a contract could go wrong. Well folks. Shit happens. You can't write a contract that makes it impossible for that to happen. Im not going to have a paragraph included that says I wont steal your money. If you think that's even a remote possibility, sign elsewhere.
And if I take leave of my senses and do steal your money, file a criminal complaint. It's AGAINST THE LAW. You don't need a contract with me to spell that out any more than you need one that says I won't kill you. Well...on the other hand.
Maybe she'll get with the program, maybe not. Im not paying MY lawyer $350 an hour to review suggested changes from anyone. This is the old take it or leave it. I"ll explain what it means to you but I"m not changing it.
1:00pm This conversation is over and Im in shreds. I hate this kind of stuff. I read the news feeds and blog to relieve my snarkiness. You can tell when Im crabby. There are five posts in an hour.
1:15pm LUNCH...carbs are soothing. Bread and hummas are medically required today. So is this cookie. And that cookie too. And the chips.
2:00pm Mail call. Oh good, a fuckwit sent me all THREE of her iUniverse books. And a letter saying she's researched the agency. Ya right. NO.
16 query letters...16 SASE's.
For more discussion on SASE's see "Stamp THIS" below. I've decided to go back to throwing away letters that don't have them.
3:00pm Latest draft arrives of a nf book I seriously hoped was finished. Newp. I'll be reading and doing mark up for the rest of the night. It's soothing focused work, and it's finishable work. At the end, it's done, I can mail it back and have a sense of accomplishment. Every other thing today was some form of treading water, and those days are just harsh.
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