Friday, May 11, 2007
3 - 2 - 1 Contract
So for the last couple months we've been selling the foreign rights to the book. And by "we" I mean my agent and his compatriots. My contribution usually amounts to listening to the offer, then asking, "Is it a good offer?" They explain to me why it is, in fact, a good offer. Then I say, "Okay, let's do it." Yet another example of why it's so important to have an agent you can trust.

More recently, the contracts have been coming in. It's a new and exciting world of me not really knowing what the hell I'm doing. You know those reading comprehension tests you took back in high school where you had to read a passage and then answer a question? These contracts are like that, except instead of a low SAT score, I'm worried if I don't pay attention someone will slide in some a clause that gives them the legal right to one of my testicles or something.

This is the most recent contract to show up, the Russian one....




I'm not exactly sure what they use for money over there. Rupees or something like that. Regular money would be nice so I could pay off my credit card debt, but once these contracts go through, I'll be able to buy a better shield and stock up on arrows. If I have enough left over after I'm done with that, I might buy a blue potion, too. Just to be safe....

Later all,

pat

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Blogger Tycho said...

I've always found it a little weird when books are translated in to one language or another, especially when a big part of that book is the actual writing style. When I watch movies in, say, Spanish, with English subtitles, I find myself disagreeing with the English translation they've made. Like, if I were in charge, I would have chosen a different English word. That's just because I speak Spanish, though. If it was Russian or something, I'd have no idea that the translation I'm reading actually isn't the kind of translation I'd be writing. That means if someone's reading the translation and they decide it's junk or something, you never really know if it's your fault, or if the translator didn't get it quite to your liking, or what would have been your liking if you spoke Russian.

I think that made sense. They'll probably sell English copies over in Russia too, though, for English-speaking people over there.

May 12, 2007 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Josie said...

I'm glad that your book is being translated into other languages, but tycho's comment is a little disturbing. However, if your book sells diddly in Russia, you have the excellent excuse that your translator did a crappy job. But you'll still have diddly in the end.

On the other hand, I think they might should sell copies over there in English. I've heard that the European countries like have more advanced language programs, so I'll bet that there are a lot more Russians that know English than Americans that know Russian. So maybe you won't end up with diddly after all.

May 12, 2007 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omigosh...i'v always wondered why in the world authors publish... it's to fund the war against ganondorf

May 12, 2007 9:04 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

I'm so glad someone got my geeky little joke....

May 12, 2007 11:43 PM  
Blogger Tycho said...

Buying anything is silly. The trick is just to pick it up and run around the shopkeeper in circles until you can sneak out the door. He'll kill you next time you enter, though.

May 13, 2007 10:02 AM  
Blogger Sean T. M. Stiennon said...

And then everyone will know you simply as..."Thief". Until the Wind Fish wakes up, that is.

Man, in the old days, you had to save up 800, maybe 900 rupees for the bow. Now you just find it lying around in some chest.

May 13, 2007 12:08 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Actually, a testicle clause is fairly common in contracts. It always pays to read the fine print.

I hope you get enough rupees that you need to find the big wallet to hold them all.

May 13, 2007 2:29 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

The thing that excites me the most about this is the idea of having the book in multiple languages, on display. Maybe that's the OCD talking. But if you could be sure to post pictures of the foreign titles, that would be ... sorry, but titillating was the first word that came to mind.

You know, if going through all this trouble just to get your hands on some rupees, I've got quite a big patch of grass out back, and a few pots lying around. Feel free to rummage around!

May 13, 2007 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be nervous paying off debt with an advance; you still have to earn it out right? The bow idea is definitely the way to go, especially if you know an elf who'll fork over good money for a used one.

May 14, 2007 9:47 AM  
Anonymous noblehobo said...

ah, plenty of us whiled our days away, looking for pieces of our heart, lost in a forest that looked the same...

and the same...

and the same...

and the same...

and the same...

May 14, 2007 3:19 PM  
Blogger Sean T. M. Stiennon said...

That grass is what you would call a "cash crop".

Hee hee hee....

May 14, 2007 9:38 PM  

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