Make me an Offer.

Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.

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If you were given a large advance by a traditional publishing company and told to produce a series of books in a certain amount of time that obviously you would have to give up the rights to (maybe they would alter your writing too) and do all your own marketing, would you take them up on the offer?

The short answer is NO.

The longer one is there is no way I would consider giving up any form of control over what I produce or accept being told what I could write.

As for doing all my own marketing, I do all that anyway.

The great advantage I have is that I don’t need the money that would be on offer. Even if I did, it would not change my mind. I have principles. One of which is that nobody tells me what to do with my creativity, especially when it might be more to their advantage than mine.

The first question you need to ask in this kind of situation is what’s in it for them?

After all, if I was good enough and famous enough to warrant such an offer, I wouldn’t need it. Plus, I’d be too busy with my own stuff to take on anything new.

And they wouldn’t make an offer like that unless they could see a profit in it.

Not necessarily for me.

It’s all irrelevant anyway. I can’t write to order. I can only produce what I see in my head. If that happens to be a series, that’s what I’ll write.

Largely because of that, I’ve written mainly standalone novels for the last three years, in a wide variety of genres.

I don’t think the pressure of having to write something would be conducive to creation. I finish whatever I’m working on in my own time, the only deadline I have is during NaNo and that’s self-imposed.

You also have to remember that there are no guarantees of what I might see next. I’ve already got several novels (and series) that I can’t finish because I don’t see the next part. At least, not yet.

I don’t think that any amount of money could make me want to do things differently from how I work now.

The only way I might be tempted is if they offered me the same kind of deal that I currently enjoy with my self-published books. No time restrictions, 70% royalties and full control over the subject and content.

Anything other than that is not a good deal for me.

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6 Responses

  1. Stevie Turner

    Like you I cannot write to order. I also agree with the 70% royalties and full control, but somehow I can’t see any literary agency going for that!

    • Richard Dee

      I speak to other authors and they hate having to change things around to please people or follow trends. I couldn’t do it.

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