Tuesday, March 10, 2009
After he left Warner, Dennis became a free-lance contracts guy. You could outsource all of your contracts to him or just go to him on a case-by-case basis, and he was always happy to help...and not just because he was getting paid. I think the guy genuinely enjoyed his job and working with agents and publishers.
More importantly, I always had the impression that Dennis understood that the goal was to close the deal. Not close the deal but screw the author or screw the publisher, but close the deal so that both sides felt they'd negotiated a fair agreement. In my experience, too many contracts people get hung up on "winning," on insisting that things must be done their way, or at least the way the house wants it. Many contracts people simply don't respect the authors and agents and what they bring to the table. Dennis was not one of those and the publishing world has lost a real asset and the world has lost a real mensch.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
In February 2009, we...
- Received 34 queries and declined 32
- Received 13 sample chapters and declined 8
- Declined 1 manuscript
- Requested 6 sample chapters
- 2 proposals
- 6 manuscripts
- 37 sample chapters
- 3 proposals
- 6 sample chapters
We have read all sample chapters dated before October 19, 2008. If you submitted to us before that and sent an SASE but did not hear back, you should contact us.