This week Kelly and JJ talk about CONTRACTS. Yes, contracts. No, it’s not boring, we promise. Also, how Ernest Hemingway can help you write middle grade and how everything is still Hamilton. EVERYTHING WILL ALWAYS BE HAMILTON.
We haven't written a ton on the subject of contracts here at PubCrawl, but here is a post by alumni Joanna Volpe and Jordan Hamessley-London:
TL;DR (or TL;DL for Too Long, Didn't Listen), the three most important clauses to which you should pay attention in your contract are:
Rights of Termination
JJ is still working on her middle grade novel and is reading Ernest Hemingway for research. Not because her middle grade is about bullfighting and notions of masculinity, but because from a craft perspective, no one does spare yet emotionally resonant better than Hemingway.
Books Discussed This Week
The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illustrated by Jane Porter
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
the whimsical works of Diana Wynne Jones
The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper
The League of Seven by Alan Gratz
Alpha Bear game
Sailor Moon manga, the not-so-good TokyoPop versions and the much better Kodansha reissues
Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (Good news! It is translated into English!)
Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Miss Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
That's it for this week! Next week, we will be talking about how to take a story FROM BRAIN TO BOOK: A Look Into the Behind-the-Scenes Publishing Process. As always, if you have any questions or comments, sound off in the comments, or ask us on Tumblr!