The publisher sharks want to eat us alive, man Sonntag, 15. Oktober 2006, 04:02:01
Over at drumsnwhistles I read about Dooce, a blogger that was sued by a publisher.
So all you thousands of hopeful bloggers-to-become-book-authors out there, beware:
PUBLISHERS ARE BIGGER, BETTER, AND MEANER THAN YOU
Fortunately I never had problems with the publishers I worked for, but I guess I was just lucky (and the stuff I did wasn't that important anyway). If I ever do a bigger deal (Hello, Mr Publisher? Just drop me a line. I can even fetch and play dead!), I'll be sure to follow the advice outlined in the drumsnwhistles article: Research the publisher, don't negotiate as an individual, involve a lawyer.
And if you happen to live in Switzerland, you could do worse than join the Autorinnen und Autoren der Schweiz.