Hmmm...I've signed 5 six-figure contracts (one for more than half a million), three of which were with two different big-five presses. I've signed more than 50 foreign language contracts. I've also compared contracts with several dozen fellow big-five published authors. My agent is one of the biggest names in the industry and not only represents me but also Brandon Sanderson, Peter V. Brett, Jack Campbell, Charlaine Harris and dozens of others. When I discuss with him where he can and cannot move the needle is he lying to me? What about the conference calls I've had with multiple agents and IP attorneys? When I ask them, "Have you ever seen a contract with anything other than 25% of net?" and they say...."not yet, but I think it's only a matter of time." Are they lying?
I'm not speaking from "theory" - I'm speaking from hands-on experience. But I'm not here to convince you of anything. All I can do is share my experience and those of others - who ARE ACTUALLY SIGNED! I suspect you are reporting "what you've heard" or talking about small-press contracts - which are a whole different ball game. I don't have anything against small presses. Heck, I've signed with two of them in the past. But they don't move the needle of the author's published through them. Today, if you are "in publishing" you have to be either (a) a successful self-published author or (b) with the big-five. I've done both and know people who have done both. The information I'm sharing isn't theory and conjecture it comes from real-world experience.
You can either listen or not. I really don't care. But I'm sure there are others who are reading this that may be getting something out of what I'm saying.
I met Joshua years ago at Ad Astra, thought he was a great guy and I suspect you get very good representation from him. I think he would be fun to work with as well.
But I am not talking from theory or what I have heard. I am talking about contracts I have seen, or information I have gotten directly from the author, agents or editors involved in the deal. I try not to do the hearsay thing.
I am happy to do the name dropping thing off line if you are curious where I get my information. I just think it is bad taste to do it in public.
Pity that all the big names in the industry did not stand by their pledge. Are you part of the pledge and do you plan to honour it?