O Most Snarkful One,
I've just signed with a major NYC agency and understand that they now own 15% of me for as long as their lawyers shall please. But since the contract specifies that my "Work" includes all copyrightable material, articles, stories etc, does that mean that if I write something for a magazine my agent now gets a piece of it -- or only if they placed the article themselves? And if so, should I expect them to rep all my freelance writing -- or will that merely annoy them? With all respectful obeiences, pranams (i had to look this one up) and curtsies,
Ask your agent. I don't have the contract in front of me and this is definately something I'd need to read before offering an opinion.
I only take a piece of the work I sell, but my wording in the contract is that I represent only one specific work, not all of the output.
And why you signed this contract without knowing this is beyond me. Agents are not annoyed by this kind of question when they want to sign you up. They are VERY annoyed by people who don't understand the terms of their contract before signing.