I opened my email to exciting news yesterday. The Turkish agent I've been talking to about rights for Being Human emailed me a draft of the contract. The contract isn't long and it's pretty easy to understand. Only two sections I have questions about.
But there is a big problem, very big.
I don't know if the contract contains all the right info or everything it should. What if it's missing a vital piece of information that protects my book? I am not an agent or a lawyer so I have no idea. And being self published I don't have any agent connections. There is no one I can suck up to and have them take a look. Emailing agents doesn't seem to be working either. Out of the dozen or so I've emailed initially, only one sent me an impersonal rejection. Agents tend to trash emails that don't follow their guidelines so my unusual request isn't seen. Even if I emailed in all caps I HAVE A TURKISH PUBLISHER WHO WANTS MY BOOK AND HAS GIVEN ME A CONTRACT the email still might get trashed because it's not following submission. I did have one agent reply with useful information and she said Turkish contracts are relatively simple so it's possible I could get by without an agent.
I'm not really looking to negotiate. What I've been offered is pretty much what I expected to be offered. I just want someone who knows what a foreign rights book contract looks like to give it a once over and tell me if everything is there. And given what I've been offered, I don't want to spend all that on fees that a lawyer would probably charge. Not to mention that where I live it's doubtful any of the lawyers would have the faintest idea on what a foreign book contract should contain. I emailed the Turkish agent with my questions about the contract and I'm sure I will have a reply tomorrow. The agent has been very quick to reply back with answers to my questions. Still, I want all my bases covered. Better safe than sorry, right?