2.09.2006

If It Smells Like a Scam...

A researching Snarkling asks:

"I found the following link on Newsarama (a comics and related fanboy stuff related website) . Since I write romance, I decided to have a look. It seems, though, that this is a bad deal: You send them a pitch, they ask for a script, and they see if they can get your story made as a comic book. In the meantime, though, they have the right to produce your story idea as a movie or TV series and not only do they not have to pay you, they don't even have to give you a credit. They give you $250 when they buy your idea and that's it. Am I reading that right? Can you see any advantage to submitting to them?"


My Grandmother always used to say: If it smells like a scam, it's probably a scam. I've never heard of them, but they may or may not be legit. But here's what worries AgentC: There is much language in the contract there that says basically, if you think we stole your idea, or think that something we do looks awfully like your own idea, then well, tough. Oh and you can't sue us. It's gotta be binding arbitration. Wha? Not that AgentC is especially litigious, but that seems to be a whole lotta squawking about whose idea is whose.

Run little Snarkling. Run away from the strange man in the van who says he's works for a "modeling agency." Go with your gut here.

7 comments:

Kagura Shinra said...

I think Agent C is proving to be just as great as Miss Snark. (Well, Miss Snark is still the "cat's pajamas")

McKoala said...

Then Agent C must be the dog's... no I won't... don't want to get Killer Yapp all excited...

Rhonda Stapleton said...

Howdy, Agent C! Welcome to the club - we're glad to have you. I think it's really nice that you're helping Miss Snark out - God knows we send her a ton of questions every day. haha

Good call on the scam thing - best to be wary and be on the safe side...

You Don't Know Me said...

You all are too kind (blushing and batting of eyelashes)

December Quinn said...

Wonderful to see you posting, AgentC! And thanks for the response!

jnr said...

hi, Agent C...

pleasure to meet you.

i don't know much about this particular project, but i have talked with the platinum studios folks before--though i've never done business with them--and i believe they're on the level. a look at their website (and downloadable submissions package) and/or a chat with someone at the studio might alter your querent's perception of their deal. or justify a second look at it, anyway.

one of the founders of the company was responsible for turning the 'men in black' comic into film. the company's generated a number of comic-book-to-cable-show projects. they're pretty regularly mentioned in variety, et cetera--i think a google news search might turn up a couple of currently active projects. and they currently have a first-look deal with lion's gate films. they do seem to be more interested in finding and developing properties for film than they are in making money via print, though.

barbara kesel, the editor who seems to be overseeing this romance project line, is a well-respected writer who's been working in the comic industry for dog years.

just thought i'd mention.

December Quinn said...

I wasn't so much curious about the company as whether or not this was actually a good deal for writers. A company can be perfectly legit but it still isn't in a writer's best interests to sell their ideas and all rights to those ideas for $250.