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Talent agents for computer book authors?

A disturbing trend in the computer book industry are ďtalent agentsĒ who claim to help computer book authors get lucrative book deals!

Today, most major computer book publishers offer non-negotiable royalty rates for first-time computer book authors.  For example, O'Reilly computer book author contract royalty details are published for all to see,   Computer book author Donald K. Burleson  says that using a talent agent might hurt your changes of getting a book deal, and he notes his opinion on these who ďneedĒ to be represented by a talent agent!

Here are the types of people that I see who use a computer book agency:

  • I canít read hard words

    Ė Gee, this computer book publishing contract is too hard to understand. I donít comprehend written words too well, so Iíd better get a computer book agent to tell me what my contract says. 
  • Iím lazy

    - Itís way too much trouble for me to build my reputation by writing dozens of articles for computer magazines. The agent says that publishers are lined-up to offer me exciting book contracts.  Plus, it might take two hours to negotiate the contract, and I'd rather pay the computer book agent 15% of my royalties.
  • I donít want to be responsible for my words

    Ė How dare the publisher ask to make me legally responsible for my own words? If I plagiarize or steal content, itís up to the publisher to find it. Iím not going to get sued, and besides, the publisher can afford it.

I deserve big bucks

Ė I want the money and nice things that I deserve. Mom says Iím special, and all those article rejections were only because the magazine was out to get me. Iím tired of being told that Iím risky.  I deserve the same $30k advance that the top computer book authors get.


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