Apparently a verbal agreement is not worth the paper it is printed on.
Yeah, okay, we all know this. I know this.
But being the publishing business, I assumed a verbal agreement to publish a book was just that, an agreement to publish a book. - - The book. - - The book that I've just spent an age working on.
I realise in the film industry, as a writer, you get smoke blown up your arse all the time and things have to not only be signed, and sealed, but also have to be delivered in order to be considered as a pot you can safely count your chickens in. But I somehow thought that being paper and bindings and all stable things you can touch, the book industry was different. More solid somehow.
Films are all about smoke and mirrors.
Books are ... paperweights.
You can use books to anchor down more flimsey things, such as shopping lists and notes about interesting things you've seen and heard that'll be great for that scene when... - - when they aren't being read. The smaller dictionary I have makes a great paperweight for all my notes, and it's handily in reach on my desk at all times too! Books are more real... Except, it turns out they're not.
Anyhow, I'm gnashing my teeth. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
After a lot of work I have now been told that "things have moved on" and my book is not going to be published afterall.
I knew I should have asked for a contract way back when. I feel really stupid.
Chalk it all up to lessons learned.
Excuse me while I go and sob into my coffee...
...and then I have to get on with that film rewrite.
And find a new publisher.
And ... does anyone know a good hitman? ;)
Darn! Procrastination just doesn't seem to be an available option today.