By Kate WilhelmOpen letter to word watchers, readers and writers alike:
I've been a writer since 1956 when I sold my first short story. My first novel came in 1962. In all that time I've never seen a book contract that was entirely acceptable with the exception of the model contract Damon Knight wrote, or the model contract provided by the Authors Guild. Unfortunately, book publishers never used those contracts in my case, or for any other writers I have known. As a beginning writer I had no bargaining strength, and changes in contracts were rare, and rarely significant. Incrementally, contracts got better in some instances with some clauses, only to have new unacceptable clauses show up on later pages. Incrementally means in this case that the contract finally signed was still heavily weighted toward the publisher, which is understandable. They had the legal staff to write contracts, I was a lone writer trying to shift the balance somewhat.
We have added two “new” Barbara Holloway mystery titles to our growing list of books by Kate Wilhelm. Defense for the Devil (1st pub. 1999): Mitch Arno, a ne’er do-well, reappears after a 17-year absence, threatening his estranged family. When he’s … Continue reading
Kate offers her new children’s story, “Baby Dragon Fixes A Tree,” as a gift for everyone. It’s a story for children of all ages. Click the red box on the Home page for your free .pdf download—readable on all computers … Continue reading
The largest book festival in the Great Northwest is set for October 11-14. The main event, the Wordstock Book Fair, will be open Saturday and Sunday, October 13 &14, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. and we’ll be there. See more … Continue reading
Kate Wilhelm reads the first few pages
of her new novel, Whisper Her Name