Oh snarky one,
I have a question regarding the writer's rights as to how the book is presented after your fabulous job of represending her.
This stems from a friend who, on the publication of her first book, was "gifted" by the publisher with the world's most ridiculous book title. I won't share; she doesn't want her name mentioned. But is it typical of a book contract that something as integral to the book be changed without the author's consent? Or is it more the norm to have some agree-upon input in the contract? As she had no agent at this time, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that she suffered the effects of not shopping for an agent after the book was accepted.
Sorry, this one isn't cause she had no agent. Titles, particularly for first time authors, are the publisher's call. My experience is that editors don't surprise you with it. I've had MANY titles change but I ususally know way ahead of time, can tell the author, get a list of what they're thinking of, and contribute an opinion. Sometimes it does no good. And don't even get me started on cover art!