Friday, March 23, 2012

Barbie's Bunkhouse: Publishing Draft

We all know I'm an NFL girl. Last year was very hard for me as a Colts fan to lose Peyton ALL season. In spite of my devotion, I really didn't see him coming back to the game. Hey, 4 neck surgeries should make anyone nervous about re-injury! Yes, he's a true athlete and there was a part of me that thought "oh, God, please don't pull a Brett Favre. Go out on a high note, don't try to prolong this." So while my Colts suffered through a terrible season, I jumped ship. While I joined in on Tebow-Mania (I've liked him since his Florida days) I have banded with my hubby and now tote the Giants as MY TEAM. But to be fair, it's going to be an insane football season in my house. The G-Men have lost Manningham (thank God we still have Cruz), Peyton is now a Bronco and Tebow is now a Jet (watch out Sanchez - I kind of feel bad for him)! I will always be a Peyton Manning fan (my Syracuse orange & blue will come in handy), and I'm curious to see how Tebow will grow as a QB if given the chance, I think he has some serious potential (my son is a Jets fan).

so where am I going with this??? Well, this got me thinking of all the millions & billions of dollars spent on professional athletes. The trading, the's serious business!! I keep saying the united states could pay off our national debt if they stopped paying ALL professional athletes for 1 year. Think of it....they make more in 1 year (and most of the time they are in multi-year contracts) than most people with ever make in their lifetime. So gee...if I'm a NY Yankee and make 5 million a year, and I've been playing for 6 years of my 8 year contract......If I can't give up 1 years worth of pay, then I seriously have a problem.  Hell, give them a tax incentive - give us your years salary and you won't have to pay taxes for 2 years! But that's another blog post..... LOL.

Wouldn't it be interesting if the publishing world treated authors as athletes?? New, unpubbed authors could enter a draft, go to "writing combines" to showcase themselves - via their web sites, web presence, contests won, workshops taught, etc... We could be put through our paces just as the college guys. Put in a room full of other writers and see how quickly we could come up with a viable, interesting and unique plot based on a given topic and or characters.  I think that would be interesting.

These combines could take place in different locations and for different genres. And at the end of the "season" all the publishers would draft their new authors. And in the event a current author wasn't doing well, said author could be traded to another house, or let go at the end of their contract. And hey, why not get TV and movie people involved! Now wouldn't that be a hoot! They wouldn't have to pay advances - they would just have to agree on a yearly contract dollar amount.

Think about it....if Amazon, or Berkley, or NAL agreed to pay me $500,000 over a 5 year period....I would write my A$$ off, promote like crazy and give them whatever story they wanted me to write! We don't have to be greedy mongers like athletes! Writers are sensible folk. It's hard enough to balance out our taxes between income v expenses!! Who'd want to have to do THAT when you're dealing with millions! Then again..... Seriously, I think $100,000/yr for 5 yrs is reasonable. It basically covers my years of emotional trauma while waiting and riding the endless rollarcoaster called publication, it would cover conference expenses, promotion, and a make over so I'd look good while representing my new publisher! :-)

So sign me up! Draft me! Who else is in?? I think we need to write a proposal!


Liz Lipperman said...

Genius idea, Barbie. In light of my post on Monday where I revealed my sad tax return numbers for last year, I totally agree. I'll go one further. What if there was free agency after a year or two with one publisher? You want me to write cozies for you--what's your bid?

Sigh. It will never happen. The best I can hope for is that your G men suck this year so that my Cowboys with a few free agents added can kick their butts.

Again--not gonna happen, I know. Maybe if there was a bounty on Eli? Just kidding. I think that is disgraceful.

Anita Clenney said...

I'm with you, Barbie. All the world's problems could be solved it we had our priorities straight. And it is sad how much professional athletes are paid and how poorly writers are paid. Although I do hope to have a professional athlete in my house one day so maybe I'll change my tune if Caleb's makes the NFL! He's only 14 (almost) so we have a ways to go. :)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

OMG what a great post! Too funny:-)

And so true! Can you imagine it? That would certainly turn the publishing world upside down.

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out!