Permissions timing

Miss Snark,
I recall an earlier post wherein it was stated it was the author's job to get permission to quote song lyrics, etc. before publication (or submitting?)

Just tried to do this and the weird form they have won't let me even ask until I have a publisher, # of copies to be printed and a retail price.

Just how does this work?

Permissions suck. No two ways about it. The author does have to get them, but the window is after the project is sold and before the final manuscript is delivered. That's how you know the publisher and can make an educated guess about print run and retail price.

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