A Snarkling is perusing her contract with a fine tooth comb:
Most model agreements have a clause saying either side can terminate with 30 days notice. What about a contract that says the term is for one year without the 30 day drop dead phrase? I can see this as good for the author as long as the agent is acting in good faith. Actually, unless the agent is acting in good faith, the duration of the contract seems to be a non-issue. What might be your thoughts, Miss Snark?
Ask your agent why they offer these terms. I know of several reputable agencies that do this but the reason they do has never come up during conversations in the speakeasy.
The important thing is that there is at least a way out. 30-day term clauses started cause there didn't used to be any way for author's to wriggle free of representation unless they litigated and showed cause, malfeasance, chicanery etc. Yuck. You don't want Miss Snark on your team? Ok, we're done. that was easy.
Good faith has a different meaning legally. It's a benchmark of measurable standards. It's not the same thing that you and I think of when we throw "good faith" around in casual conversation.
It's also not nearly the same thing as "effective".
I prefer to be held to the effective standard. If I'm not being effective for a client, and they are unhappy, they are entitled to say Sayonara Snarkbreath without having to show cause or demonstrate I didn't act in good faith. They can do it anytime, for any reason.