Sample Contracts

Sample Contracts: March 14th,2009 1:37am

Of course any writer’s main focus in life should be writing. Equally important is: reading. But of no less importance is learning the business/craft.

It’s the real reason why so many of us fail. If you read often it should come as no surprise that there is some pretty horrible work out there being published. And not all of it is self-published. Like most of us you have probably read books and thought, ‘I could do better than this. In fact I’ve thrown away nicer prose.’

A portion of those who succeed may just be plain luck of the draw, but the greater majority have accomplished their goal through two simple rules which we’re all be capable of: Professionalism, and Knowledge of the craft.

These are really two sides of the same coin, with the attainment of one the other should soon follow. But that’s not  always the case. There are plenty of very talented writers out there who don’t make it simply because they didn’t take the time to learn the business. There’s really no excuse for it in this day and age. One can find information regarding any topic one chooses online. There are literally limitless writing communities dedicated to helping those in need.

Writers Digest has a presence dedicated to lending a helping hand. Beyond the value of the stories and the forum, are the articles on writing. I’ve yet to read one that I haven’t found helpful in some way, shape, or form.

Writers Market is another invaluable source for those seeking homes for their submissions. They even have a free newsletter for those who can’t, for whatever reasons, be full subscribers to their site.

The point is, it’s all out there for the taking. So why not grab what you can? Hold on to what is useful, and discard or archive what isn’t (you never know when you might be able to put it to use later).

When submitting to a magazine, anthology, or a book publisher, check out their website. Ninety percent of the time they have the submission guidelines posted.

Many in the publishing industry feel that if you are unwilling to take the time to learn their desired methods of submission then your writing is probably just as flawed as your logic. All this advice has been given time and again, but I figure you never know who might not have run across it.

Many publishers have sample contracts you can print out. One I know of in particular is on Asylet Press’s website.

For those  interested in writing for the Eroticas, Piers Anthony has a slew of online publishers listed on his site. His books The Incarnations of Immortality are pretty good too.

Be professional, endure turmoil, view every rejection as merely a stepping stone on the path of your writing career. And remember all those hallowed saints who came before you stacked up plenty of those dreaded rejection slips of their own.

I once heard that Stephen King (one of my favorite writers) received thirty plus rejection slips for Carrie-his first novel.

How enlivened would the horror genre be today if he had decided to call it quits after say ten of those weighty form letters?

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