On Publishing The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief

Shew!

Paradox. The author got told, many years back by a friend who is a published author/journalist, that he should get these scribblings published. The Chronicles I was all that was typed out at that stage. I half-heartedly sent it to a few places around the world and received rejection slips back. Some of the journalists friends read it and too liked it, they said I should add more to it, so the rest was written over time. I submitted it to more publishing houses. Now a new, to me that is, thing came up, I should pay them to publish, upfront and give a % of any sales. Not a Mickey Mouse amount of cash either. The other option was to just self-publish, also expensive and, as Gypsies do not make much money, this was not an option.

Then I found this thing called facebook. I decided to post the whole thing bit by bit on this site. It led to a page been created too.It has been a very interesting experience, and I thank you all for following and the flattering remarks some have made. Not all were flattering, Googie Two inboxed me and said no wonder I cannot get published, my spelling is atrocious. Never mind.

After that I opened a blog, One Man’s Opinion, and put the whole story on 4 pages in there.

Here is a piece of the latest “Contract” a publisher wants me to sign. First I have to pay them and then give away my sole rights to the story. Excuse my French, but fuck that for a bad plan, even if I had the R80 000.oo

 

The Author agrees to pay Dorrance the sum of $11,200 (Eleven thousand two hundred dollars) in consideration of this Agreement as follows:

  • the sum of $4480 (Four thousand four hundred eighty dollars) to be paid upon this contract’s signature by the Author

  • the sum of $4480 (Four thousand four hundred eighty dollars) to be paid upon Dorrance’s submission of the edited manuscript of the said Work to the Author

  • the sum of $2240 (Two thousand two hundred forty dollars) to be paid upon Dorrance’s submission of the first set of page proofs to the Author.

The Author understands that Dorrance makes no contribution to the cost of the initial publication.

There will be no other cost to the Author for the production of the Work unless the Author shall request or approve any changes or alterations to the proofs of the Work which deviate from the manuscript as originally submitted to Dorrance and edited by Dorrance and approved by the Author.

Dorrance shall determine the retail price of the Work based on the final page count of the designed Work. Dorrance agrees to remit to the Author payments on sales of the Work at the following rate(s):

 

Ø      For books sold to bookstores, wholesalers, distributors, or what is known as the “book trade” the Author receives twenty percent (20%) of the wholesale (discounted) price for each book sold and paid for.

Ø      For books sold directly to individual consumers the Author receives forty percent (40%) of the retail price (the price printed on the book) for each book sold and paid for.

Ø      The Author, or a legally recognized corporate entity of which the author is materially associated, may purchase further copies at a 45% discount from the retail price plus cost of shipping.  Any books purchased by the Author, or a legally recognized corporate entity of which the author is materially associated, are non-returnable and nonrefundable.

Ø      It is understood that no payments shall be made on books that are damaged or destroyed; supplied in exchange, given away, or distributed for promotion purposes; furnished at no charge or sold to the Author; sold to a legally recognized corporate entity of which the author is materially associated; shipped but for which Dorrance has not received payment.

Subsidiary rights are comprised of book club, paperback, hardback, reprint, paperback reprint, serial reprint, dramatic, motion picture, television, radio, translation, and other such rights.

While Dorrance does not usually seek out opportunities for the sale of subsidiary rights, should an opportunity present itself, Dorrance may sell the subsidiary rights to the Work. It should be noted, however, that the sale of subsidiary rights of works published by Dorrance occurs with only a small percentage of our authors.

The net proceeds of the sale of any of the aforementioned rights or any other rights not specifically mentioned shall be divided in the proportion of 80% to the Author and 20% to Dorrance.

Only for the purpose of attempting to gain some recognition for the Work, Dorrance may, without compensation to the Author, publish or permit others to publish or to use selections of the Work free of charge.

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