I love my Canadian publisher, HarperCollins Canada. After a winter away, I came home to a pile of mail, including the contract for The Next Novel. I don’t get a new book out that often, so I forget how striking the first page of their contracts is. It reads:
We believe that a book’s most precious element is its creator; that the publisher’s role is to produce a work of lasting value and offer it to the public with confidence and commitment; that the author’s opinions on publication matters are relevant and should be heard; and that quality should be as much of the essence as timeliness in this agreement. Our contract expresses these beliefs.