I do my own contract negotiations, including those for foreign sales. As of today I’ve signed contracts with two Russian publishers, one French publisher, and one Taiwanese publisher. Other than a minor communication issue from time to time I’ve never had any problems.
Fast forward to the last two weeks. I don’t know if it’s me or the mounds of paperwork I’ve had to deliver, but the negotiations with an Italian publisher have been the most difficult I’ve ever handled. Twice, I threw in the towel and was convinced to carry on. The publisher handles all of my current work with Avon so I thought it would be a piece of cake to sign a contract for one of the titles on my backlist.
I had to complete and sign an impossible Italian Tax Form, then complete IRS Form 8802 for the completion of a 6166 Certificate of Citizenship, then prove I was an LLC, then open a special account to accept international wire transfers (I didn’t want to expose my business account) and then invoice the publisher.
We’re not done yet.
I swear, it’s just not worth it. But I’ve already done so much paperwork that I might as well continue on.
But the next time I work with a foreign publisher I’m going to ask about all their paperwork and tax regulations FIRST.
In your business or personal life have you been inundated with forms and regulations?