Dear Miss Snark,
I'm getting worried by some of the recent posts: when is 15% not 15%? If my agent sells my book she'll take 15% of what she gets for it. Fine. Great. But can she also levy other, additional charges? In the future, will she charge me for photocopies, postage for submissions, cups of tea? No, really, I'm going to see her for "a cup of tea" next week. How much is that cup of tea gonna cost me when she's finally sold my book?
Also, is someone who's totally addicted to your wonderful, sexy-beast self called a "snarkhead", or is there another term?
Yours, in rapture,
"Snarkling" is the term. And a group of Snarklings is a devotion. Like a group of crows is a murder. And a group of lizards is a lounge.
ALL reputable agents cap the expenses at a particular number and say they can't spend more than that figure without your ok. Mine is $300.
Don't obsess about this. I can't remember the last time I billed a client for expenses, and we never ever ever bill them for lunch, or tea, or whiskey. Photocopies, messenger fees, postage. The cost associated with getting your work into the hands of people who can buy it. Lunchies, drinkies and bail are on me.